French Vape Policy: Needs Improvement Rather than One-Size-Fits-All

by | Apr 1, 2024

According to French media publicsenat, in early February, members of the French Senate’s Social Affairs Committee passed a bill banning the “production, sale, distribution or free provision” of disposable vapes, with fines of up to 100,000 euros for violators. The bill will be voted on in a public meeting of the French Senate on February 7. The regulation will then need to be approved by the European Commission, which will have six months to make a decision. The French government wants the law to come into force by the summer of 2024.

Citing British statistics, the bill states that “by the end of 2023, five million disposable vapes will be thrown away in the UK every week, a fourfold increase from the end of 2022.” The plastic and heavy metals in vapes cause vape equipment to become highly polluting waste. Lithium batteries cannot be disassembled, adding to the complexity of recycling, and handling the metal carries a high fire risk. To address this issue, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced an imminent ban on disposable vapes.

Personally, I think there are still two issues that need to be considered in the implementation of this bill: First, a one-size-fits-all policy cannot really solve the problems of environmental protection and youth. Instead, it is likely to lead to the proliferation of the underground black market, increase in prices, and the inability to control product quality. It does not protect consumers. Second, enforcement in Western countries is very weak. After all, drugs are not banned and even marijuana is gradually legalized. The underground black market and non-compliant products are rampant. CNCT spokesperson Amélie Eschenbrenner once said: “The legislation in France is very good, one of the best in the world, but the problem is that it is not followed.” She specifically pointed to the anti-smoking law for minors that was implemented in 2009, which did not Obtaining compliance from tobacco retailers provides an opportunity for young people to become addicted to tobacco.

The development of the vape industry is greatly affected by policies. Looking back at the French VAPEXPO, many manufacturers and brands have a wait-and-see attitude towards the vape policy in France and even Europe as a whole, and are rapidly expanding product lines instead of betting on a certain product line. superior. VECEE has recently launched innovative new products – VC series (VC VERSE, VC TECH, VC CYBER), a combination of fashion and simplicity, with a TFT high-definition color screen. The status of the vape can be clearly known through the screen, and the well-made puff animation It allows you to enjoy vape while also bringing more fun.

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In any case, the US FDA and health organizations in various countries have recognized that vape is 95% less harmful than cigarettes. A smoke-free future has gradually become the consensus of European and American countries. As long as this remains unchanged, vape and other new tobacco industries will have room for sustainable development.

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