KP bans sale of e-cigarettes and vapes to minors

e-cigarettes ban in KP

PESHAWAR: Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa has imposed section 144 to ban the storage, sale, and use of e-cigarettes and vapes for minors and within the vicinity of educational in­stitutions in the province.

“The decision has been taken in the wake of the alarming increase in the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vaping de­vices, particularly among children and youth in the province,” reads an official notification issued here by the Home and Tribal Affairs Depart­ment of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In a move to address the growing concerns about the rising use of e-cigarettes and vapes among the youth, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home Department had recommended banning its sale.

Responding to the surge in popularity of these electronic smoking devices, the department has requested imposition of a ban under Section 144.

Highlighting the potential risks associated with e-cigarettes and vaping, the Home Department emphasizes the need to prohibit the sale of these products to individuals below the age of 21.

Recognizing the adverse impact on the younger population, the department aims to curtail access to such items.

This strategic move aims to create a safer environment for students and discourage the use of these potentially harmful products.

As discussions surrounding the ban unfold, stakeholders are closely monitoring the situation to gauge the effectiveness of these measures in safeguarding public health, particularly that of the youth.

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