Behind Poland’s plan to ban the sale of disposable vapes: sales have exceeded 100 million in 2023

The WHO noted that vapes may release carcinogens, as Poland considers banning the sale of single-use vapes, the health ministry attaches great importance to youth smoking.

 

Polish Health Minister Izabela Leszczyna said in a television interview with Rynekzdrowia that Prime Minister Donald Tusk plans to launch a proposal to ban the sale of single-use vaping, which has been obtained. (Donald Tusk).

 

Leschyuina says there are two solutions: a ban by the national health attorney general; Another approach, which is more in line with EU law and does not attract corporate litigation or international arbitration, is to notify the EU through legislation.

 

A recent study showed that among 15 – to 18-year-olds, the use and smoking of e-cigarettes increased from 16% to 64%. Leschyuina stressed that the World Health Organization may release hazardous chemicals (WHO) after e-cigarettes heat up, and preliminary information shows that these compounds are extremely dangerous. She took immediate action to ban the sale of such e-cigarettes in Poland.

 

The Polish municipal Public Health and Medical Department and administrative authorities are promoting the bill, especially regarding the amendment to prevent single-use e-cigarettes.

 

Many in the medical profession and patients support the Polish government’s efforts to prepare young people. gorzata Niemczyk, chairman of the research committee for the device, pointed out that the e-cigarette contains not only smoke tar but also sucralose, a sweetener that is 300 to 800 times sweeter than sucrose.

 

Sales of disposable e-cigarettes have soared in Poland in recent years. Relevant data show that sales will reach 32 million in 2022, and sales will exceed 100 million in 2023.

 

According to the World Health Organization, one out of every five cigarettes sold worldwide is a single-use flavored vape. According to the Market Monitoring Center report, the market value of disposable e-cigarettes in Poland is about 2 billion Polish PLN.

 

Dariusz Poznainski, Director of Public Health at Dariusz Poznainski, noted that among EU countries, Poland is widely known as the “best country” among children and adolescents. Data show that before the age of 18, one in four people use vapes. However, measures to ban sales to those under the age of 18 have had little effect.

 

It is worth noting that the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, and New Zealand have made it clear that they will ban the sale of disposable e-cigarettes. At the same time, the Public Education Foundation called on the Deputy Minister of Health, Wojciech Konieczny, to implement the relevant EU regulations banning the sale of heated tobacco products as soon as possible.