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FDA to ban ‘electronic shisha’ – Cautions Ghanaians over advertisement and sale

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against the marketing, sale, and use of Electronic Delivery Systems (ENDS), such as vapes and other non-nicotine tobacco products, for amusement.

The FDA voiced concerns on the misuse of these products in a statement dated July 5 and highlighted the potential health hazards, including cancer, lung illness, infertility, heart disease, and diabetes.

The prospect of certifying ENDS as a prescription-only drug for cessation therapy is also mentioned in the statement.

The FDA voiced concerns on the misuse of these products in a statement dated July 5 and highlighted the potential health hazards, including cancer, lung illness, infertility, heart disease, and diabetes.

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The prospect of certifying ENDS as a prescription-only drug for cessation therapy is also mentioned in the statement.

The FDA in its statement mentioned that ENDS can be registered as a prescription-only medicine for the purposes of cessation therapy.

“The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has noted with concern the sale, advertisement and recreational use of electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) such as Vapes and other non-nicotine tobacco products by the public. ENDS can be registered as a prescription-only medicine for the purposes of cessation therapy. ENDS can be registered as a prescription-only medicine for the purposes of cessation therapy,” the FDA noted in its statement.

The FDA further warned that the sale and advertisement of vapes, and non-nicotine products are in violation of the Public Health Act, 2012 (ACT 851), as well as Regulation 16 of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2016 (L.I. 2247).

“Section 61 (2): A person shall not sell, display for sale, supply, advertise a non-tobacco product or service that contains, either on the product, or in an advertisement of the product, a writing, a picture, an image, graphics, message, or other matter that is commonly identified or associated with or is likely or intended or associated with a tobacco product, brand or manufacturer”.

The FDA issued a caution to manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, and retailers, instructing them to immediately remove all advertisements of ENDS from social media, billboards, and neon signs. Additionally, they are urged to refrain from importing such products.

“Manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers are therefore cautioned to pull down all advertisements on social media, billboards, neon signs etc with immediate effect and desist from the importation of illicit tobacco products into the country. Failure to adhere to the above sections and/or the tobacco control laws constitutes an offence for which sanctions may be imposed based on the Public Health Act, 2012 (ACT 851).

Vapes are electronic devices, often powered by batteries, that allow users to inhale a vaporized liquid or solid substance through the mouth. Electronic cigarettes, in particular, typically consist of a small reservoir containing a liquid nicotine solution that is heated and vaporized, creating an aerosol mist for inhalation.

Source: Mynewsghana.com

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