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Consumer association slams Centre's advisory on e-cigarette ban

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In the wake of an advisory issued by the Union asking states to ban e-cigarettes, an organisation that represents e-users has questioned the motive behind the proposed move.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Association of Vapers India (AVI) asked why the government is not banning cigarettes if it is so concerned about nicotine -- an ingredient that can lead to addiction.

The advisory issued on Tuesday said: "States/Union Territories are advised in larger public health interest, and in order to prevent the initiation of ENDS by non-smokers and youth, with special attention to vulnerable groups, to ensure that any (ENDS) including e-Cigarettes, Heat Not-Burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah... are not sold (including online sale)."

The government contented that vaping will increase rates among teenagers. However, a survey of 60,000 adolescents conducted by -- a government agency for preventing ill health -- has showed otherwise, the organisation said.

"This claim is bogus as rates among youth are declining in all countries that have allowed vaping. In fact, after vaping was introduced, overall rates have declined at a historical rate, which clearly points to the tremendous harm-reduction potential of vaping," said Samrat Chowdhery,

The organisation also contested the government's claim that has a significant presence of metals.

"Extensive studies have been done on presence of metals in and it has been consistently found that their presence is too minuscule to cause harm. The smoke released from cigarettes has much higher levels of metals compared to e-vapour," Chowdhery said.

All major scientific institutions from the Royal College of Physicians, American Cancer Society, for Sciences and Engineering, as well as the US Food and Drug Administration, have acknowledged that are substantially less harmful than combustible cigarettes.

Chowdhery also slammed the government for presenting a wrong picture by selectively citing the (WHO) data saying that 30 countries have banned

The same data also demonstrates that 65 nations, including the EU, the UK, the US, and New Zealand, have allowed and regulated e-cigarettes, an information that the government has withheld, he noted.

Conversely, the countries that have banned, barring outlier Australia, are small nations and those with dubious records in public health, he argued.

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First Published: Wed, August 29 2018. 19:44 IST
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