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The EU executive branch has proposed a ban on the sale of hot-smelling tobacco products, including some vaporizers, as part of its plan to fight cancer.
The European Commission said in a statement that its proposal comes in response to a significant increase in the volume of such products sold across the 27-nation bloc. A recent commission study showed a 10% increase in sales of heated tobacco products in more than five member states.
The ban will not cover all evaporators, only those that disperse hot smoke. Many electronic cigarettes contain only liquids and nicotine.
Stella Kyriakides, commissioner for health and food safety, said: "By removing hot-tasting tobacco from the market, we are taking another step towards realizing our vision under the Europe Plan to defeat cancer to create a 'No Tobacco Generation'. "with less than 5% of the population using tobacco by 2040".
"With nine out of ten lung cancers caused by tobacco, we want to make tobacco as unattractive as possible to protect the health of our citizens and save lives. Stronger actions to reduce tobacco consumption, tighter enforcement and keeping pace with new developments to address the endless influx of new products entering the market - particularly important for the protection of young people - are key to this."
"Prevention will always be better than cure."
Philip Morris International has the largest share of the heated tobacco market, according to the University of Bath.
According to EU figures, cancer was the second leading cause of death in the 450 million-strong bloc. In the EU there were about 1.3 million cancer deaths and 3.5 million new cases a year. About 40% of EU citizens would face cancer at some point in their lives, with an annual economic impact estimated at around € 100 billion (87 87 billion). The proposal now goes to the member states and legislators of the European Parliament for consideration.