Spanish NPO Calls to Prohibit Sale of Disposable E-cigarettes to Protect Children

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Spanish NPO Calls to Prohibit Sale of Disposable E-cigarettes to Protect Children
Spanish non-profit organization urges government action to ban disposable e-cigarettes to protect children from tobacco industry influence.

According to the Spanish European news agency, the non-profit organization is calling on the government to urgently take action to ban the sale of disposable e-cigarettes in order to protect children from the influence of the tobacco industry. This move aligns with policies that have already been implemented or planned in some other countries.


The president of the association, Raquel Fernández Megina, questioned in a statement why the government is still hesitant to ban the sale of these harmful devices that have already become present on school playgrounds.


The association urges the government to clarify its position as soon as possible and to legislate to ban the sale of disposable e-cigarettes, including those marketed as "nicotine-free" products, because "the majority of e-cigarettes sold online contain this addictive substance".


The association chairman warned, "Every day that these devices are still being sold on the market, there are thousands of young people starting to be exposed to nicotine, potentially leading to a lifelong addiction that will be difficult to break.


According to a 2023 survey conducted by Estudes on adolescent behavioral addiction, nearly 23% of girls aged 12 to 14 and over 19% of boys have used e-cigarettes in the past 12 months.


The survey also highlighted that 46% of teenagers aged 14 to 18 have used these devices, with girls being affected more significantly.


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