Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Consumer groups mixed on e-cigarette ban for minors

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Rome, April 3 - Italian consumer groups were mixed
on Wednesday following a government ban on electronic cigarettes
for minors.
"The caution (on the part of the health ministry) is
understandable given the contradictory indications from
available studies on the matter," said the Federconsumatori in a
statement.
This week the health ministry signed an ordinance
prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone aged 18 or
younger, the same age limit for tobacco products.
The health ministry said that the devices, despite
advertizing a less-harmful alternative to traditional smoking
tobacco, still exceed acceptable daily levels of nicotine when
puffed moderately, citing the European Food Safety Authority
(EFSA).
The ban is in place until October this year when it will
need to be reviewed.
In the meantime, Balduzzi ordered further research into the
risks of electronic cigarettes by Italy's Higher Health
Institute.
Federconsumatori said that citizens also need to know more
about potential second-hand health risks.
Another consumer group, ADUC, was skeptical of the ban and
cautioned that it would "fuel the black market".

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