Global crackdown on vapes escalates as concerns over health risks grow.

Once hailed as a healthier alternative to smoking, vaping is facing widespread bans in 34 countries, including Mexico, Brazil, and Norway, with an additional 87 nations imposing various restrictions by July 2023, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO). While the US, with the world’s largest vape market, hasn’t implemented a nationwide ban, five states have prohibited flavored e-cigarette sales, signaling a shift. The WHO’s recent call for a complete ban on flavored vapes emphasizes the need for urgent action, especially in the 74 countries lacking regulations. Despite bans, enforcement challenges persist, allowing these devices to remain accessible. Concerns over the health risks associated with vaping, particularly among teenagers, continue to mount, challenging tobacco companies’ claims of safety compared to traditional cigarettes. As evidence grows, indicating the generation of harmful substances by e-cigarettes, the global stance on vaping is evolving.