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e-cigarette serious threat to health

Published : 10 Oct 2019 08:39 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 08:20 AM

Electronic cigarette or popularly known as e-cigarette nicotine may have several negative health effects. Chronic nicotine exposure may lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, although this risk may be offset by the well-known appetite suppressant effects of nicotine, according to Havard Medical School (HMS).

It's a kind of a cigarette that is battery-powered, a device that works by heating a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales and exhales.
The e-cigarette liquid typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, flavorings, and other chemicals. Exposure to nicotine from e-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer, according to new research from New York University.

In Bangladesh, youths and adults are gradually moving to a global trend with vaping. University going youths and most teenagers are the crucial vulnerable group. Last month, the Indian government passed an ordinance to ban e-cigarettes. Globally, many countries are evaluating the health risks associated with using e-cigarettes and India is one of a handful of countries to enforce a complete ban.

The key reason is the health risks posed by e-cigarettes, in particular, the perception among adolescents and the youth that vaping is cool", is making e-cigarettes a potential gateway to smoking regular cigarettes. Multinational tobacco companies are producing and marketing e-cigarette products in various countries targeting young people and children.

Many countries such as Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, Seychelles, Uruguay, and India have banned e-cigarettes. e-cigarettes are not entirely banned, but restricted in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Norway, Japan. Medicine Specialist at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Zahid Ahsan said, There is no benefit to smoking except harm. People in our country consider puffing cigarettes is a symbol of smartness, which is incorrect.

Mentioning the harmful impact on health, Zahid Ahsan said, It poses some health risks, but the extent of the risks is not yet fully known, which is a basis of our panic. Several researchers have found nicotine-free e-cigarettes have been found to contain nicotine. He further emphasized that, it's an obvious threat to health and can cause lung diseases. Teenagers who vap are more likely to begin smoking cigarettes. During pregnancy it could harm a developing fetus.

Besides he suggested, if anyone wants leave smoking, e-cigarette should not be the choice. Leave naturally, don't go for an e-cigarette. In this regard, anti-tobacco activist and anthropology researcher Mahmud Hasan said, contemporary globally, consumption of tobacco and tobacco products is decreasing

In this circumstance, marketing of any new drug product is not expected. India has already banned it. Our Health Minister himself has taken a stand against e-cigarettes. As a result, we believe it is possible to stop marketing, he added.