Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan, founder of the National Parents’ Committee Irina Volynets called for a ban on the sale of nicotine-free vape mixtures to minors. A copy of the appeal addressed to the Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko is available to RT.
As Volynets explained in an interview with RT, she had previously sent a request to the National Medical Research Center for Children’s Health of the Russian Ministry of Health.
As stated in the answer (available to RT), currently vapes (electronic devices consisting of a cartridge filled with liquid, a heating element and a rechargeable battery) are not subject to mandatory certification, the standards for the content of various chemicals in mixtures have not been developed for them.
“At the same time, positioned by manufacturers as relatively safe nicotine-free vapes, they carry a large number of potentially harmful, and often unpredictable effects on human health,” the document says.
In addition, according to the results of several studies, nicotine was found in those liquids that were labeled as not containing it, the specialists added.
The center supported the initiative of the commissioner for children’s rights in the Republic of Tatarstan.
According to the children’s ombudsman, doctors and the parent community are concerned that the chemicals contained in mixtures cause, among other things, difficulty in breathing, prolonged coughing, shortness of breath, and cognitive impairment.
In this regard, Volynets sent an appeal to the Ministry of Health with a proposal to ban the sale of nicotine-free mixtures for vapes to minors.
“In view of the foregoing, I ask you, dear Mikhail Albertovich, to eliminate this circumstance and initiate this ban on the territory of the Russian Federation,” the appeal says.
Also, the interlocutor of RT plans to send letters with the initiative to the relevant committees of the State Duma.
Earlier, Volynets proposed to consolidate the high status of teachers at the federal level with the help of the relevant draft law, which will include measures to support teachers.