India should reconsider its stance on the matter of banning vape in the country

Electronic cigarettes have been embraced across the world, generally known as vapes, as well as, other electronic nicotine delivery systems are now considered as harm-reduction substitutes to combustible tobacco which is used in cigarettes. Across the world, it has been concluded by numerous tobacco control researchers that electronic cigarettes are at least 95 percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes.

It was highlighted in the studies by Public Health England that there is a very low risk of passive smoking associated with e-cigarettes, as there is no production of tobacco fumes by them. However, apparently is not convinced by India.

This seems surprising considering the country is bearing 12 percent of the world’s burden of tobacco users, has nearly 40 percent of its adults being exposed to passive smoking. Other than this, the country has the uncertain distinction of showing the lowermost quit rate amongst all countries which were surveyed in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2. In spite of the figures, our government seems determined to deny the Indian public access to a less harmful alternative of tobacco by standing strong against the use of electronic cigarettes in the country. It is no surprise that the decision of the government of banning electronic nicotine delivery systems across the nation has flickered a debate. However, since there is observed proof for suggesting that countries, which have regulated electronic nicotine delivery systems, have seen a decline in the rate of smoking, India is in dire need of taking note, as well as, reconsidering its stance on the matter.

Worldwide, the most successful regulations for electronic nicotine delivery systems are those with solid evidentiary supporting. France and the United Kingdom, for instance, have witnessed a reduction in their smoking rates, with the United Kingdom marking the lowest at 14.9% in 2017 and a record 1.6M people in France having drifted apart from combustible cigarettes over the last 2 years..