Paul Blokhuis is the Dutch State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport. He must therefore also consider the increasing popularity of vapen. Certainly now that stories are going around about e-liquids in the United States, the fruit flavors that are popular with young people are particularly under fire. But Blokhuis wants nothing to do with a ban on these products.

What is going on?

There are two things that play and seem to run together. On the one hand, there is the news about people in America who have fallen ill with home-made e-liquids. On the other hand, there is the assumption that e-cigarettes with fruit flavors are tempting for young people. It is true that there are problems in the United States, partly due to the fact that vaping is hardly regulated there and partly due to some people who became ill through experimentation. It is also possible that an e-cigarette with a sweet fruit flavor is attractive to underage students. But these are two things that are separate from each other, and the State Secretary also sees that.

Not under 18

The regulations in the field of electric smoking are very strict in Europe. Tobacco shops and web shops only sell tested products without strange additions, and they are also not allowed to sell to young people under the age of 18. Baning fruit flavors is therefore of no use because young people are not allowed to buy these products either. Then Pisang Ambon (banana) or Blue Curaçao (lahara, citrus) should also be banned. If young people really like to taste fruit, the parents may have to include an apple or pear more often in the packed lunch ...