Health Ministry figures, which have been working on a total ban on the sale of single-use e-cigarettes since February this year, are shocking – young people in Poland are at particular risk of losing their health by using these products. At the time, the office had obtained troubling statistics, but the project to change the regulations was still unfinished. Spells and pronouncements don’t solve the problem.

The statistics from February 2024 are frightening. “For example, among 13-15 year olds in Poland in 2022, approximately 23.4% of girls and 21.2% of boys used e-cigarettes. Among the major EU countries, Poland leads in the frequency of youth e-cigarette use.” The Department of Health acknowledged and assured that “activities related to limiting e-cigarette use, particularly among young people, are part of the direction of activities to protect public health from tobacco-related diseases.”

The Ministry of Health knows the hard data – in 2022, disposable e-cigarette sales were 19.556 million, and the number of such products notified to the Bureau of Chemical Substances was 6,550 in 2022 and 6,906 in 2023.

According to CMR statistics, more than 100 million disposable e-cigarettes were sold in Poland in 2023. In 2022, “only” 32 million units were sold in Poland.