The government bans 33 companies from selling e-cigarettes

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security, through the National Consumer Protection Secretariat (Senacon), has ordered 33 companies to stop “any and all commercial activities involving the marketing, supply and distribution of electronic smoking devices (DEFs)”, known as “e-cigarettes “. “.

The order was published in this Thursday’s (9/1) edition of the Federal Official Gazette (DOU). The defendant companies must comply with the decision within a maximum of 48 hours, with a daily fine of R$ 5 thousand for non-compliance.

In the document, there are indications of the violation of consumer rights and the sale of products in regular stores, with the appearance of legality, and the risks to the life and health of consumers arising from the commercialization, distribution and supply of electronic devices, which are prohibited by the Law on the Protection of Consumer Rights. sanitary legislation and do not meet the certifications of the competent safety agencies for placing on the market.

At the beginning of July this year, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) decided to maintain the ban on the sale, import and advertising of electronic cigarettes in Brazil. The measure was in force since 2009 and its maintenance was unanimously approved.

There has been an exponential increase in the commercialization and consumption of products by the young public. According to unprecedented research conducted by Covitel, one in five young people between the ages of 18 and 24 use a device in the country.

The study shows that the rate is 10.1% among men, compared to 4.8% among women. Data were collected through telephone interviews with 9 thousand people, in all regions of Brazil.

The risks of electronic cigarettes

Since they do not depend on combustion, electronic cigarettes even stop offering the body some harmful substances. Depending on the manufacturer and model, they don’t even have nicotine. However, they have other substances that are associated with various diseases. In addition, other serious problems may arise.

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According to the National Cancer Institute (INCA), they can also cause emphysema, cancer and heart problems.

“Unlike conventional cigarettes, which sometimes take 20 or 30 years to manifest diseases in users, the electronic cigarette, which promised safety, managed to kill young people quickly,” explains Dr. Jaqueline Scholz, a specialist at the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC). in actions against smoking.

According to experts, e-cigarettes can trigger dangerous inflammatory reactions in the body. “Often, when there is inflammation in the endothelial wall, which covers the arteries, it can be injured and cause acute cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and acute coronary syndrome,” he says.

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