A proposed bill that prohibits the manufacturing, importation, sale and distribution of e-cigarettes was passed on first reading this week.

Senate Bill 11-74 stated that the use of e-cigarettes or vapes is spreading and that passage of the law would protect the “health and welfare of the citizen.”

According to World Health Organization (WHO), e-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine- the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products—flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.”

E-cigarettes, according to the bill are just as harmful as tobacco and will have negative effects on cardiovascular health. 

The bill seeks the inclusion of e-cigarettes in the Tobacco Control Act.

The bill wants e-cigarettes to be banned from being advertised and promoted, the same as tobacco products. 

The bill also prohibits e-cigarette sponsorship of any event in the country. (Island Times)

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