Min­istry draft bill seeks to re­strict e-cig­a­rettes

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In a bid to out­law the use of elec­tronic cig­a­rettes in pub­lic en­closed spa­ces, the Health Min­istry tabled a draft bill in Par­lia­ment on Fri­day that equates con­sumers – also known as “vapers” – to tobacco smok­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, e-cig­a­rettes are a po­ten­tial gate­way to ni­co­tine ad­dic­tion as “va­p­ing” is seen to sim­u­late tobacco smok­ing.

The bill, which ad­heres to Euro­pean Union di­rec­tives re­gard­ing the pro­duc­tion, mar­ket­ing and sale of tobacco prod­ucts, also tar­gets tra­di­tional smok­ers, stip­u­lat­ing the in­clu­sion of warn­ings on cig­a­rette pack­ets and tobacco pouches with graphic color im­ages de­pict­ing the dam­age done to body or­gans by ni­co­tine con­sump­tion.

The min­istry has also com­piled a list of the kinds of health warn­ings to be used on pack­ets, in­clud­ing: “Smok­ing causes nine out of 10 lung can­cers,” “Smok­ing can kill your un­born child” and “Stop smok­ing, keep on liv­ing for your loved ones.”

Last week, an as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing Greece’s e-smok­ers de- nounced the gov­ern­ment for pre­par­ing the bill without first hav­ing con­sulted with re­searchers, sci­en­tists, for­mer smok­ers and eci­garette users.

Vapers in­sist that by lump­ing them to­gether with reg­u­lar smok­ers, the new leg­is­la­tion de­nies them the “choice of avoid­ing tobacco smoke.”

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