The government gives companies 48 hours to stop selling products, which is prohibited

The Ministry of Justice, through the National Secretariat for Consumers (Senacon), has determined that 33 companies are suspending commercialization, supply and distribution electronic cigarettes. The decision on electronic smoking devices (DEF) was published on Thursday, 1 The official journal of the Trade Union (DOU).

According to the order, companies have 48 hours, from the publication, to comply with the decision, with a daily fine of R$ 5 thousand, in case of non-compliance, which will be applied until full compliance with the measure.

Sales are prohibited in Brazil electronic cigarette – or vape – appears unchecked on the Internet and in popular stores in the country’s big cities.

In the explanation of the imposition of the precautionary measure, the document states that there are indications of a violation of consumer rights. “Selling products in regular shops, with the appearance of legality. Risks to the life and health of consumers arising from the commercialization, distribution and supply of electronic smoking devices, which are prohibited by health legislation and do not comply with the certificates of safety authorities to be commercialized. The exponential increase in the commercialization and consumption of products from foreign young public,” the publication in DOU.

The agency also highlights the lack of transparency and goodwill of all companies in the electronic cigarette production chain, “which makes it appear that it is a regular consumer relationship, which includes a legal product”. “State and municipal Procons acted in actions of inspection control and confiscation of electronic cigarettes, but Senacon assessed the need to take urgent measures to eliminate the problem and protect the health and safety of consumers,” says the secretary.

The Ministry of Justice bans the sale of electronic cigarettes in the country. Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Anvisa maintains sales ban in Brazil

It is on July 6 this year The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has decided to maintain the ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes in Brazil and to expand inspections in order to suppress the irregular device market. The sale of electronic cigarettes has been banned in the country since 2009.

On that occasion, the agency also presented data from national surveys showing that frequent use of devices covers less than 3% of the population – which, according to Anvisa’s technical assessment, shows that there is no lack of control over electronic cigarettes in Brazil.

Experimentation (use at least once in a lifetime) is 7.3% in the general population, according to the Covitel survey conducted by the Federal University of Pelotas (Ufpel). Among young people between the ages of 18 and 24, the rate of experimentation is higher: every fifth has tried e-cigarettes.

On the other hand, device manufacturers are demanding that electronic cigarettes be sold in Brazil on the grounds that they offer reduced health risks compared to traditional cigarettes, and should therefore be marketed as an alternative for adults. They also say that the veto does not prevent irregular sales.

What is an electronic cigarette?

It is a smoking device that works in the form of vaporization. The cartridge stores liquid nicotine, water, flavorings and chemicals such as glycerin and propylene glycol, which deliver the nicotine to the smoker’s lungs. Many devices allow a person to handle substances.

What are the health damages?

THE Liquid nicotine is mixed with oils and solvents, which dissolve and release substances. Solvents or oils are heated, come out in the form of steam and are sucked up by the user. At the end of evaporation, oil droplets remain, which cause respiratory problems when inhaled. Initially, patients have symptoms similar to pneumonia. There are many cases of asthma, lung infections suspected to be related to the device. There are also heart diseases and cancer. In addition, the taste with the use of aromas attracts the attention of young people. Mixed with other substances, they become harmful to health.

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