A public health expert cautions that Australia’s increases in halting youngsters smoking could be fixed by e-cigarettes.
“If manufacturers of e-cigarettes are wrong about the harmless nature of the small amounts of nicotine in their products, millions of young people may be susceptible,” says Simon Chapman, of the University of Sydney.
Professor Chapman , who writes in the Medical Journal of Australia says that the tobacco industry knew “how essential new cohorts of young smokers are to its very survival as an industry”.
ECs are battery-operated vaporizers that deliver a vaporized or vapor that consist of nicotine and some matter that is breathed in.
“Today, an ever-diminishing 12.8 percent of Australians aged 14 years and over smoke on a daily basis,” he wrote.
“The record low uptake of smoking by the young is most responsible for this.
“The prospect of the industry reversing this inexorably ruinous exodus has been given a major boost with the arrival of ECs.”
A study reveals that 15.4% of Australians from 14 years old and up who smoke had used EC at an occasion in the previous year.
In 2013-14 there was also a significant increase of Polish youngsters using ECs ,according to a Polish research and that the use of tobacco cigarettes had also became more popular as well.
He added that the more variety of EC flavors were introduced , the more teenagers are drawn to use it .
Yet even when it is said that the nicotine from the vapor is mild , Prof Chapman reminded that it was not yet proven safe .
“But if the EC advocates are wrong, a less than benign genie with its pharmacological clutches around millions of young people may be extremely difficult to put back in the bottle.”