Department of Disease Control: E-cigarettes ‘not tool’ to end smoking

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Bangkok – The Department of Disease Control has warned the public about the dangers of electronic cigarettes, saying they are by no means a tool to help stop smoking.

In a seminar on the facts about e-cigars, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, Dr Kachornsak Kaewchamras revealed 3.3 percent of teen smokers aged between 13 and 15 were found to be smoking e-cigars as they were under the impression that e-cigars were safe, according to a survey in 2015.

Dr Kachornsak explained that the liquid used in e-cigarettes contains nicotine. The vapor they produce is addictive and poses the risk of lung cancer or esophageal cancer and other health problems.

He disclosed that the World Health Organization had announced e-cigars were not a tool for withdrawal from cigarettes, as no regulatory bodies had confirmed their safety. The WHO Country Office in Thailand has issued a statement warning about the dangers of e-cigars for smokers and persons close to them, with pregnant women and children the most susceptible to passive smoking.

Dr Kachornsak suggested that those planning to quit smoking call Thailand National Quitline at 1600 or consult tobacco withdrawal clinics at hospitals supervised by the Ministry of Public Health across the country.

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  1. What utter garbage.

    “Research so far shows that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking. This is because e-cigarettes don’t contain cancer causing tobacco.” This, from one of the world;s leading anti-cancer charities, Cancer research UK.
    http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/smoking-and-cancer/e-cigarettes

    They also state…
    “Unlike second-hand smoke from cigarettes – which is known to cause cancer – there’s no evidence that second-hand e-cigarette vapour is dangerous to others. Some studies have found traces of toxic chemicals in second-hand vapour, but at such low levels that they’re not harmful to those around you. E-cigarettes aren’t recommended for use by non-smokers and children.”

    And…

    “e-cigarettes are, based on what we know so far, less harmful than cigarettes. Smoking is associated with a number of very serious health risks to both the smoker and to others around them. So switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes substantially reduces a major health risk.”

    And

    “Some studies have found chemicals in e-cigarette vapour that are known to cause health problems. But these studies have tended to use artificial conditions, and when good quality e-cigarettes are used normally (e.g. not overheated), there are far fewer harmful chemicals present in the vapour than in tobacco smoke. If the e-liquid is being overheated it tends to produce an acrid, unpleasant taste – you’ll know if this happens.”

    http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2016/05/17/10-common-questions-about-e-cigarettes-answered/

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