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France moves to ban ‘sneaky’ disposable e-cigarettes

French parliament has backed a proposal to ban single-use electronic cigarettes

By AFP
December 06, 2023
A representational image showing a person smoking an e-cigarette. — AFP/File
A representational image showing a person smoking an e-cigarette. — AFP/File

PARIS: French parliament has backed a proposal to ban single-use electronic cigarettes, considered to be gateways to tobacco addiction for teenagers and harmful to the environment.

The lower house National Assembly late on Monday voted unanimously for the move, which still needs backing from France´s upper house Senate and clearance from the EU Commission. Pre-filled disposable e-cigarettes, known as “puffs”, are popular with young people, can have a high nicotine content, come in many flavours and are cheap.