Wednesday 20 November 2019

Dutch toughen anti-smoking policy, introduce age limit for e-cigarettes

outdoor ashtray, smokingDutch anti-smoking policy is to be made tougher and the minimum age to buy electronic cigarettes is to be set at 18, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

The paper says junior health minister Martin van Rijn’s plans also include placing photographs of smoke-damaged organs such as lungs on packets of cigarettes and rolling tobacoo. The photographs will cover at least 65% of the packet, the paper claims.

Ministers will discuss Van Rijn’s plans to tighten up the tobacco laws in line with European guidelines on Friday.

In addition, tobacco firms will have to increase the minimum number of cigarettes in a packet to 20 and ensure rolling tobacco is not sold in smaller amounts than 30 grammes.

E-cigarettes

The introduction of a minimum age for electronic cigarettes comes from Van Rijn himself, the Volkskrant says.

Figures last year from the Trimbos Institute show 3% of the population now use the inhalers, compared with 1% in 2013.

The European parliament has rejected an outright ban on e-cigarettes but advertising them will be restricted from 2016. In addition, companies which make health claims for their products will have to register them as a medicine, like nicotine plasters.

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