Minors will no longer be able to buy e-cigarettes, according to a new act signed by the president Andrzej Duda. E-smoking will be treated just as regular smoking – it will be illegal in public places such as schools, bus stops, trains, stadiums. It will only be allowed in a restricted smoking area.
Until now, there were no specific regulations about e-smoking. Minors could easily buy e-cigarettes and e-liquids online. From now on, all buyers will have to show an ID to prove that they are at least 18-year-old. Advertising, free distributing and cross-border trading of e-cigarettes will also be banned.
There will be some new warnings on regular cigarette packets like Smoking can kill your unborn child or Tobacco smoke contains over 70 substances that cause cancer, accompanied by images.
Flavoured cigarettes will be banned as well, with the exception of menthol (menthol cigarettes are supposed to be legal until 2020). According to the authorities, fruit or sweets flavoured cigarettes can give an impression of being healthier than the regular ones.
Department of Health in Poland alarms that almost 100 000 people die every year because of smoking and that includes also secondary smokers, who are not usually aware of the risk.