The Netherlands intends to ban the sale of scented e-cigarettes from next year to reduce the number of young people who smoke e-cigarettes, the government announced Wednesday. The scented e-cigarettes sold in the Netherlands have strawberry ice cream, mango, chocolate, Mojito cocktail and other flavors, popular with many teenagers. According to a 2017 government report, more than a quarter of dutch 12- to 16-year-olds reported having tried e-cigarettes at least once.
“It is unacceptable that 20,000 people die every year in our country from smoking and about 75 children start smoking every day,” said Paul Brockheis, deputy health minister. “
The Dutch government will proceed with amendments to the law to include a ban on the sale of scented e-cigarettes, which is expected to come into force in the first half of next year. Tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products will still be available for sale after the new law takes effect.
E-cigarettes consist mainly of batteries, heated evaporation devices and a pipe containing smoke, which smokers inhale when using it. Many people think that smoking e-cigarettes is less healthy than smoking traditional cigarettes, but the results of the study show that the health risks of smoking e-cigarettes should not be underestimated.
E-cigarettes contain cancer-causing chemicals, according to a 2015 study by the Netherlands Institute of Public Health. Smoking e-cigarettes increases the risk of respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema, U.S. researchers said last year.
New York State became the first state in the United States to ban the sale of scented e-cigarettes last September. The statewide percentage of e-cigarettes in high schools increased from 10.5 percent in 2014 to 27.4 percent in 2018, according to the New York State Department of Health.
In early January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a temporary ban on the sale of e-cigarettes flavored with fruit flavors to curb the momentum of teen e-cigarettes. (Complete) (Xinhua News Agency special report)