The Minister of Health, François Braun, said he was "favorable", Wednesday, May 3, to the ban on "puffs", which worries doctors and health authorities. These disposable electronic cigarettes popular with adolescents "bring a young part of our population to tobacco use", added Mr. Braun on France Inter.
The government intends to "work with parliamentarians" to achieve this ban, which could be included in the next Social Security financing law or in "other laws before the end of the year", said François Braun.
The banning of "puffs" could be part of the government's new tobacco control plan, planned for the period 2023-2028.
With its sweet or fruity "marshmallow", "ice candy", "choco-hazelnut" flavors, its brightly colored packaging and its low price (between 8 and 12 euros) for 500 puffs, the "puff", which exists in a twenty brands, worried because it targets teenagers, although the sale of electronic cigarettes is prohibited to minors.
"Increasingly popular on social networks, it has a rather positive and harmless image among young people", while it can contain up to 20 mg/ml of nicotine, and can thus "be a gateway towards cigarettes for adolescents, was alarmed at the end of 2022 Alliance against tobacco, a group of associations fighting against smoking.