Think twice before removing electronic cigarettes.
A timely warning about smoke is sent to teenagers after more than seven out of ten young people have not found that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and carcinogenic chemicals, according to a Health Promotion Council (HPB) survey.
After a survey of 600 young people in 2018, a campaign was launched to raise awareness of the negative health effects of electronic cigarettes, which were banned in 2017.
“There is an alarming global trend of using electronic cigarettes, especially among young people,” said Mr. Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health, at the start of the campaign.
“We must ensure that our public and young people know the facts and understand the reasons why we have banned the Nicotine E-Delivery System, or ENDS, including e-cigarettes.”
Chemical compounds in electronic cigarettes include cancer-causing substances, such as nicotine, a highly addictive, and toxic chemical found in insecticides. They also contain formaldehyde, which is used as embalming fluid, as well as benzene, which is contained in the exhaust gases of automobiles. Existing data shows that these chemicals present numerous health risks to both users and non-users.
TOBACCO INDUSTRY LOBBING
Mr. Amrin drew parallels with the lobbying of the tobacco industry in the 1960s and 1970s, which used research that said smoking doesn’t cause illness. He added that public health authorities still disagree on whether e-cigarettes can help to quit smoking.
“Evidence of using electronic cigarettes as an aid to stopping smoking is actually mixed and limited,” Amrin said. “Today it is clear – convincing, convincing scientific evidence of the harm of cigarettes, connecting smoking with various diseases.
“This is an important lesson. Do not take the so-called experts without examining the evidence. We must do what is right for our people. This is our social duty and responsibility. ”
“We take a reasonable course to ban ENDS, with public safety and interest. And if there is strong evidence, we will be happy to consider them, ”he added.
The campaign will run for three months on social networks and will include seminars in higher education institutions.
One 18-year-old student said that the campaign could be useful: “As far as I know, I only know that it is nicotine, but now I’m quite surprised that there are other things inside. I think it could help — perhaps not help (smokers stop), but help them understand that it is more than just nicotine. ”