French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has declared the country’s intention to outlaw disposable electronic cigarettes. This announcement was made during her appearance on the RTL radio station on Sunday.
Borne emphasized the gravity of the matter, stating, “It’s an important public health issue.” She further revealed that the government is in the process of formulating a comprehensive national program aimed at combatting tobacco usage, which is accountable for a staggering 75,000 deaths annually in France.
Borne also highlighted the concern that so-called “puff” devices, which are popular among young individuals, foster habits that can ultimately lead to tobacco addiction.
Notably, the government does not intend to impose higher taxes on tobacco in the upcoming year, following a tax increase earlier this year, as confirmed by the prime minister.
This announcement aligns with French President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious plans, unveiled in 2021, to address issues related to tobacco and alcohol. Macron’s vision includes the establishment of more smoke-free areas and the aspiration to achieve a tobacco-free generation by 2030, targeting all 20-year-olds in the country.