Rise in vaping trend alarms health experts in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The health experts across Pakistan on Tuesday has called for a public awareness campaign on the rising trend of e-cigarettes in the country.  

The rise in the use of electronic cigarettes has alarmed health experts in Pakistan. They have called for effective e-cigarette control policies in the country. They warned that the usage of vape is trending among teenagers, and they claimed vaping has a negative impact on the health of users. 

Talking to a news channel, lung specialist Prof. Javed Khan emphasized the need for more extreme anti-tobacco campaigns that focused on tobacco cigarettes and as well as on electronic cigarettes. The purpose of the campaign should be to discourage youngsters from smoking.

He said, “the rising popularity of vaping means that roughly 5 percent of the country’s teenagers have switched to e-cigarettes”. The professor asked the government for a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes.

“We remain extremely troubled about the rapid increase in the number of youth using these products, and have repeatedly called upon the authorities concerned to increase their oversight and scrutiny in this regard,” he said. 

Dr. Javed explained that several toxic chemicals, including nicotine, were being used in the composition of this harmful e-cigarette which is harmful to humans and could lead to health issues.

E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems”.

”Chemicals in vaping fluid also can cause acute lung injuries and contribute to lung and cardiovascular disease down the line,” the Professor said to the local media outlet.

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