France bans single-use e-cigarettes, PM says

PARIS (Reuters) – France plans to ban disposable electronic cigarettes, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on radio station RTL on Sunday.

“It’s an important public health issue,” Borne said, adding that the government is preparing plans for a national program to tackle tobacco use, which it says is responsible for 75,000 deaths a year in France.

So-called “puff” devices create habits in young people that can lead to tobacco addiction, she added.

However, the government does not plan to increase tobacco taxes next year after raising them earlier this year, the prime minister said.

French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled ambitious plans to tackle tobacco and alcohol in 2021. He promised more smoke-free zones and aimed to make all 20-year-olds tobacco-free by 2030.

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(Reporting by Claude Chendjou; Text by Mimosa Spencer; Editing by David Goodman)

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