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AVI urges govt to regulate e-cigarette

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Association of Vapers India (AVI), an organisation representing smokers, has urged the government to bring a robust policy to regulate e-in the state.

The consumer advocacy group has offered to provide support to the government for the formulation of the policy.

are less harmful alternative to and is one possible intervention that would go a long towards saving lives of smokers, as seen in developed countries like the US, UK and European Union, Samrat Chowdhery, said today.

He said at a press conference here that the government should regulate e-instead of making any move to ban it.

Referring to Global Adult Survey (GATS)-2, he informed that the state has over 68 lakh and bidi smokers, who could die prematurely if not weaned off this habit in time.

While the has made appreciable efforts to discourage smokers through taxation and control measures, the impact has been inadequate the current 5.6 per cent decline in rate may not save many lives. That calls for rollout of additional intervention measures by the government, he said.

The functionary suggested that potential harm to health of smokers could be reduced by up to 95 per cent if they switch to

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First Published: Wed, June 06 2018. 19:35 IST