Trade ministry supports e-cigarette ban

By Hoai Thu, Son Ha, Pham Du   June 5, 2024 | 01:51 am PT
Trade ministry supports e-cigarette ban
A person holds an e-cigarette. Photo by Pixabay
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced its support for a ban on e-cigarettes, citing their negative health impacts as determined by the Ministry of Health.

Trader minister Nguyen Hong Dien told lawmakers Wednesday that it has requested the government to halt the review of its proposed bill on regulating e-cigarettes after the health ministry officially made a report higlighting their negative effects.

"The Ministry of Industry and Trade supports making changes in the law to ban e-cigarettes as the Ministry of Health has affirmed that they are harmful".

The trade ministry has not issued license to any business to trade e-cigarettes and has ordered market authorities to punish all those who do, Dien said.

Some cases are being investigated for violations, he added.

E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and therefore have not been regulated in Vietnam.

There are at least 60 chemical substances found in the liquid solution of e-cigarettes and they can cause cancer and cardiovascular issues, according to the health ministry.

The ratio of Vietnamese aged 13-15 using e-cigarettes has increased from 3.5% in 2022 to 8% in 2023, official data shows.

Last year over 1,200 people were hospitalized for using e-cigarettes.

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