Residents of Estonia smoke vapes in prohibited areas

ESTONIA – LEGISLATION

The Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs proposes introducing appropriate labelling for e-cigarettes to deal with the problem of smoking them in prohibited places. According to the law in force since 2018, smoking e-cigarettes is prohibited in the same places as smoking regular cigarettes, but many users do not comply with this rule, believing that e-cigarettes are safer.

Residents of Estonia smoke vapes in prohibited areas

The head of the alcohol and tobacco sector at the Institute for Health Development, Anneli Sammel, believes this is due to ignorance of the law. She warns that vaping can harm not only the smoker themselves, but also those around them. The harmful substances in e-cigarette aerosol have an effect on those around them similar to how they affect the smoker himself.

Sammel also points out that e-cigarettes should not be smoked in the presence of children: “No smell or taste does not mean they are safe.”

E-cigarettes, in addition to their harmful effects on physical health, may also have a negative impact on the psyche. Anneli Sammel stresses that nicotine is a drug, especially harmful for young people, and the consequences of its use may manifest themselves in the future.

Last year, the Ministry of Social Affairs developed a package of proposals including information campaigns on the harms of e-cigarettes, but the proposals were not approved by the government. A proposal to introduce labels that explicitly prohibit smoking e-cigarettes in certain places is currently under consideration.

Source: ERR

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