Left Party: yes to flavour ban - "Don't want to favour tobacco companies"

The Left Party will vote in favour of a ban on flavours. The reason is the concern that flavours attract young people and that this benefits the tobacco companies.

"But it is important that we analyse the effects of the ban within two years," says Karin Rågsjö (v), spokesperson for health issues in the Social Affairs Committee.

The parties are now starting to take a stand on the issue of banning the flavouring of e-cigarettes ahead of the Social Affairs Committee. The government's proposal means that all flavours except those that give 'a distinct smell and taste of tobacco" will be banned from sale in Sweden. Karin Rågsjö (v) finds the proposal appropriate.

"It's about young people not starting to smoke, really. Even though vaping is not the same as smoking, it can be a gateway to cigarette use," says Mr Perez. Karin Rågsjö to Vejpkollen.

Will follow up on the ban

Ms Rågsjö also believes that e-cigarettes have a role to play for smokers who have switched to vaping. 

"We want the government to follow up and evaluate how the ban affects young people's use of tobacco. Does it really reduce use? But we also need to know if it has led to e-cigarette users returning to smoking. Or if fewer smokers are switching to e-cigarettes," said Mr Perez. Karin Rågsjö.

Isn't it better to analyse the consequences first, before legislating?

"It is difficult to know these things in advance. We think it's important to do something about the use among young people. I don't see the point of making e-cigarettes taste like candy," said Mr Perez. Karin Rågsjö.

Many interests

According to Karin Rågsjö e-cigarettes are a complex area where many stakeholders have interests. Vapers and specialised vape shops are just two of several groups that policies need to take into account.

"E-cigarettes are not just something that enthusiasts and small companies do. If e-cigs help people stop smoking, that's great. But the big tobacco companies also have interests here and we should not forget that. That's why we want to get at the flavourings," said Ms. Perez. Karin Rågsjö.

Don't want to favour tobacco companies

Karin Rågsjö believes that there is a risk that the Social Affairs Committee protects or supports the sale of products that ultimately favour tobacco companiesif no action is taken against flavourings.

"Tobacco companies are looking for new ways to make money. Cigarette sales are failing - so they are investing in e-cigs and nicotine pouches instead. It's important that the government emphasises what we think is good and what is not good about this development", says the Commissioner. Karin Rågsjö to Vejpkollen.

Expects discussion

The flavour ban has faced strong opposition from other parties in the Parliament. At present it is clear that moderates, the Sweden Democrats and Centre Party will vote against the proposal.

"There will probably be a tough discussion in the committee," says Mr Perez. Karin Rågsjö.

Parliament votes on 21 June

The flavour ban is part of the draft law Tougher rules for new nicotine products. The proposal also includes legislation for tobacco-free nicotine pouches - products that, unlike e-cigarettes, are previously unregulated. Parliament will vote on the bill on 21 June.

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1 Comment on “Vänsterpartiet: ja till smakförbud – ”Vill inte gynna tobaksbolagen”

  1. Strange reasoning about the "big bad tobacco companies". The vast majority of manufacturers of both hardware and e-juices are SMEs. Why this strange resistance to facts and stubbornness? The fact that traditional cigarette manufacturers also have their own vaping products, heat-not-burn and so on, I don't see as a problem. As long as there is a demand for cigarettes, they will continue to sell them. Nobody benefits from the mafia taking over that business. The fact that some countries are doing everything to discourage e-cigs and other alternatives does not make things better. In addition, it can be added that the countries with the highest proportion of the population who smoked were not the capitalist USA but countries such as Bulgaria, Poland, the Soviet Union and China with fully state-owned tobacco companies without any advertising or marketing whatsoever.

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