|Harmful effects of e-cigarettes highlighted|
GUWAHATI, April 10 - E-cigarettes are just a mechanism to deliver nicotine in an attractive format. They are being marketed as a harm reduction product, which is contrary to the truth. Youngsters are being lured as it is easily available in different flavours. People should not get lured into puffing e-cigarettes because they are also harmful, said advocate Ajoy Hazarika, secretary of the Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum, Assam (CLPFA) in a statement here.
According to the CLPFA, 12 States namely Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Jharkhand and Mizoram have banned the use and sale of e-cigarettes, vapes and e-hookahs due to their health hazards by taking note of the Union Health Ministry advisory.
“The increasing popularity of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, more commonly known as e-cigarettes or “vapes”, threatens to undermine the recent progress on tobacco control in India. E-cigarettes do not fall within the scope of existing national legislation on tobacco production, distribution and use, and yet pose significant health risks to users that are frighteningly similar to those of conventional cigarettes,” the statement said further.
As per a report prepared by the World Health Organisation, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems emit nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco products. In addition to dependence, nicotine can have adverse effects on the development of the foetus during pregnancy and may contribute to cardiovascular diseases.