France to ban electronic cigarettes
France has decided to ban electronic cigarettes because of the risk they pose to the environment and public health. Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne said the measure was part of a new anti-smoking plan being drawn up by the government and should be in place by the end of the year.
Electronic cigarettes, or otherwise called vapes, in France cost around 9 euros. France's National Academy of Medicine described them as a "cunning trap for children and teenagers".
Activists accuse manufacturers, most of them based in China, of deliberately targeting teenagers, using bright colors and a range of flavors reminiscent of a sweet shop, for example marshmallow, chocolate and hazelnut, watermelon and candy.
Activists have also highlighted the environmental damage caused by disposable e-cigarettes.
Several other countries in Europe, including Germany, Belgium and Ireland, have announced similar bans. The United Kingdom is also said to be considering one.