What are e-cigarettes? Why there is a need to immediately regulate them in India?
Published: June 1, 2019
An electronic cigarette isï¿½a battery-powered vaporizerï¿½that mimics tobacco smoking. It works byï¿½heating up a nicotine liquid.
Effects of E-cigarettes:
- E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes are most common prototype of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
- These do not burn or use tobacco leaves but instead vaporise solution, which user then inhales
- These contain metals, including lead, chromium and nickel and chemicals like formaldehyde with concentrations equal to traditional cigarettes
- Their use may affect development of foetus during pregnancy
- These may contribute to cardiovascular disease
- Nicotine may function as ï¿½tumour promoterï¿½
- Foetal and adolescent nicotine exposure have long-term consequences for brain development
Need for regulation:
The current unregulated sale of e-cigarettes is dangerous for a country like India where the number of smokers is on the decline. It may increases the possibility of e-cigarettes becoming a gateway for smoking. In India smoking devices are easily available through online shopping portals and with little information out in the public domain about the ill-effects of e-cigarettes there is a misconception that it is less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
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