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FRIDAY, December 02, 2022
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E-cigarettes not the answer in battle against smoking, warn agencies

E-cigarettes not the answer in battle against smoking, warn agencies

MONDAY, October 18, 2021

The Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand and other related agencies on Sunday voiced opposition to the government’s plan to make e-cigarettes legal.

In a statement, the agencies pointed out that smoke from e-cigarettes contains up to 56 chemicals, 29 of which exceed safety levels.

“Also, some chemicals produced by an e-cigarette are not found in ordinary tobacco cigarettes and may affect people’s health. This will increase the country’s public health burden,” the statement said.

It also pointed out that e-cigarettes are not the only alternative to quitting smoking, smokers who want to quit can also rely on medical treatment, over-the-counter drugs and counselling.

“Research shows that e-cigarettes do not help people stop smoking, and can become another addiction,” the statement said.

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Also, it said, advertising e-cigarettes may encourage youngsters to smoke and may even spread Covid-19 further.

“The Medical Association of Thailand and other related agencies had voiced opposition to an earlier plan to promote e-cigarettes as well,” the statement pointed out.

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