Maduro asked that the ban on the sale of vapers in Venezuela be evaluated

Nicolás Maduro, in his program “Con Maduro +”, suggested to the doctors of the Ministry of Health to evaluate the issue of vapers in the country to study whether their sale should be prohibited throughout the national territory due to the damage it causes to humans . He believes that the resolution that came out in recent days is a good first step “but it is still missing”

The Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro requested the night of Monday June 26 his medical and scientific team to evaluate the possibility of completely banning the sale of vapers (or electronic cigarettes) in Venezuela, with the aim of caring for the health of citizens.

Maduro expressed the importance of creating “critical awareness” in the population of children and adolescents in the country and believes that the resolution that came out in recent days, to prohibit the sale of vapers to minors under 18 years of age, is a “shy ” first step.

He criticized that there are campaigns “paid to influencers” on social networks that offer vapers as something positive; message that reaches minors in this way, who are using it “for fashion”.

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In conversation with the Minister of Health, Magaly Gutiérrez, the president insisted that, although the sale of vapers to children and pregnant women is prohibited, “it is still missing” because they want to be “radical” in defense of health in minors.

Maduro demanded that more information be disseminated about the dangers that the use and consumption of these electronic cigarettes can generate. “It is an idea that I contribute to our scientists, our experts, for a second resolution that cuts, well,” he said.

The Ministry of Science and Technology, through resolution 362 on Electronic Nicotine Administration Systems (SEAN), without Nicotine (SSSN), consumables and other accessories; published in the Official Gazette number 42,641 of the June 1, 2023, established a regulation that regulates electronic cigarettes or “vapers” throughout the country in order to reduce the sale and consumption of these devices.

According to a note from the Ministry of Science and Technology, it seeks to regulate the sales, manufacturing and marketing processes, as well as the promotion of these vapers. In this sense, the sale of these products to those under 18 years of age and their handling in closed areas of offices or commercial establishments, as well as in interior areas of public spaces, were prohibited.

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