State Secretary Raed Arafat believes that legislation should be drawn up in order to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices in the same ways that regular cigarettes are restricted, citing a study by CNN that showed that between 2011 and 2015 there was a 900 percent growth in the use of electronic cigarettes in high schools.
Arafat wrote on Facebook: “900 percent growth in the use of electronic cigarettes in schools, between 2011 and 2015. A clear answer to those who were saying that such products are not targeting children and don’t influence teens. We’re talking about electronic cigarettes which have been on the market for much longer than tobacco heating devices. We’ll soon see the impact of these new devices as well. It is clear that we need to act urgently by banning the promotion and use in public spaces, applying similar rules to those applied to regular cigarettes.”