THINK twice before removing electronic cigarettes a bit.
The timely warning of smoke is targeting teens after more than seven out of every 10 young people who do not know that electronic cigarettes contain nicotine and chemicals that cause cancer, according to a Survey of the Health Promotion Board (HPB).
After a survey of 600 young people in 2018, a campaign was launched to raise awareness about the negative effects on the health of electronic cigarettes, which were banned in 2017.
"There is a worrying global trend over the use of electronic cigarettes, especially among young people," said Amrin Amin, general secretary of Health for Health, during the launch of the campaign.
"We need to ensure that our audiences and young people know the facts, and understand the reasons why we have banned the Electronic Delivery System of nicotine, or ENDS, which include electronic cigarettes."
Chemical compounds in electronic cigarettes include substances that cause cancer such as nicotine, a highly addictive and toxic chemical that is found in insecticides. They also contain formaldehyde, which is used as a packaging fluid, as well as benzene, which is found in the car exhaust. Existing evidence shows that these chemicals represent multiple health risks for both users and non-users.
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Mr. Amrin was established in parallel to the lobbying of the tobacco industry in the sixties and seventies, who used the research that claimed that smoking did not cause illness. He added that health authorities continue to be divided over whether electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit smoking.
"The evidence for the use of electronic cigarettes as a cessation aid is actually a mixture and limited," said Mr. Amrin. "Today it is clear: conclusive and convincing scientific evidence about cigarette damage, which links cigarettes to various diseases.
"This is an important lesson. Do not take the so-called experts without studying the evidence. We must do what is right for our people. It is our duty and public responsibility."
"We are taking a cautious course at the time of prohibiting ENDS, with public safety and interest in our minds. And if there is solid evidence, we are pleased to review it," he added.
The campaign will be developed for three months through social networks and will include workshops in higher education institutes.
An 18-year-old student said the campaign could be useful: "As far as I know, I just know it's nicotine, but now I am surprised that there are other things in the interior too. I think this could help-maybe not to help them (smokers stop), but to help them realize that it is more than just nicotine. "