With the authorization of nicotine e-liquids in Switzerland at the beginning of the year, a problem has appeared: Sale to less than 18 years. Need for self-regulation for some people, real scandal for others, the Swiss authorities are working on the issue. Recently, the State Council passed a bill to limit the purchase of tobacco-related products and the e-cigarette is obviously concerned.
Whether in a kiosk or in stores, it will soon be illegal to sell cigarettes to minors. In any case, this is what the Conseil d'Etat hopes. The latter has passed a bill to this effect on Wednesday, while Geneva is currently the only canton of Romand not to impose a minimum age for the purchase of tobacco.
The cantonal parliament will still have to decide. State Councilor Mauro Poggia, in charge of health, says he is optimistic: "A clear majority should emerge on such a public health topic; I hope for a vote before the end of the year.»
The ban is aimed at cigarettes, free samples distributed in the evening but also rolling tobacco, shisha tobacco and electronic cigarette. "Allowing minors to start smoking through this is the gateway to more harmful drinking, later on, with real tobacco"Says the magistrate.
A PROHIBITION OF ADVERTISING FOR MORE EFFICIENCY?
If a ban on the sale of tobacco products to less than 18 years seems a good thing for Dr. Jean-Paul Humair, President of the Geneva Prevention Center of smoking, he also thinks that we must not get excited: " This is a good measure, which is in line with WHO's recommendations on public health, he notes. However, this is not the most optimal strategy to fight against smoking ". A rise in prices and the ban on advertising would still give better results, according to the practitioner.
The Health Service and the Office of Labor Inspection will be responsible for verifying the legality of sales. Moreover, the future law promises fines of 1000 to 80'000 francs to the offenders, as well as the possible closure of the errant businesses.
source : 20min.ch/