Indian Advocates Present Case Against Vaping Ban
It has become increasingly difficult for Indian vapers to buy their favorite vapor products in the course of the last year. However, there are some traces of good news. Vapers’ advocates in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu are condemning the proposed ban of vapor products in the state, presenting research in a bid to change the state government’s mind, according to a report from New Indian Express.
The Association of Vapers India, a local advocacy group, came out against the proposed ban in a press briefing before presenting 120 research papers to the health minister and principal health secretary. In this presentation, they asserted that the ban would negatively affect public health because vapor products such as e-cigarettes are reportedly 95 percent less harmful than combustible tobacco, at least according to figures from the U.K.’s National Health Services.
“According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016-17, India has about [120 million] smokers. By imposing a ban on e-cigarettes, the usage of cigarettes increase drastically and will have an adverse impact on public health,” said Samrat Chowdhery, director of the association.
Of the 29 states in India, 8 state governments have banned vapor products completely. Recently, the Health Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. C. Vijayabaskar announced in a legislative assembly that they would become the ninth state government to implement a ban.
India’s smoking rate is a major issue, and smoking-related deaths tally approximately one million every year, according to the World Health Organization. The country is also home to 12 percent of the world’s population of smokers. A recent Global Adult Tobacco Survey showed that 20 percent of people in Tamil Nadu use tobacco products.
Critics in India, like here in the United States, believe nicotine and nicotine addiction is the true enemy that needs to be purged from society. Instead of framing vapor products as a cessation tool to combat tobacco use and the deaths associated with related disease, they are instead mistakenly identified as a gateway to more traditional nicotine use – a theory that has yet to be proven through rigorous research.
Consumer VOICE, New Delhi COO Ashim Sanyal added “We sincerely urge government of MP to ensure strict implementation of ban on e-cigarette to save precious lives from nicotine addiction in the state.”
Advocates disagree, arguing that because vapor products don’t have the same toxins and carcinogens as in combustible cigarettes, and therefore are not as harmful.
“Unlike tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not produce any tar or the toxic chemicals. E-cigarettes do contain nicotine, which is addictive but is not the one responsible for tobacco-related harm,” said the other director of the association of the Vaping , Pratik Gupta.