Legalize Vaping(e-cigarette) in India
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We request Indian Government to legalise the use of nicotine in electronic nicotine delivery devices (e-cigarettes) as a less harmful alternative to smoking tobacco.
This is in the best interests of tobacco smokers who are otherwise unable or not yet ready to quit using nicotine. It would reduce smoking-related illness and death and associated health care costs, as well as improve public health.
Tobacco smoking remains one of the most serious public health problems in India. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 12% of the world's smokers. More than 1 million die each year due to tobacco in India.
It is estimated that at least 6 million tobacco smokers in the European Union and around 2 million in the United Kingdom have quit smoking tobacco using e-cigarettes. Many of them had previously been unable to stop smoking using more readily available treatments.
Hundreds of thousands of Indians use e-cigarettes. It should be straightforward for tobacco smokers to switch to a less harmful means of managing their nicotine dependence, but in India, current laws make it exceedingly difficult.
Importantly, research suggests that the ready availability of e-cigarettes may accelerate the decline in youth smoking rates, contradicting concerns to the contrary.
In the United Kingdom, United States of America, European Union, Canada and New Zealand, governments from both sides of politics have either legalised nicotine-containing e-cigarettes or are in the process of doing so.
India is now falling behind other countries, in addressing the avoidable health, social and financial costs of smoking tobacco.
The time has come for the Indian Government to acknowledge consumer preferences, act in accordance to both international medical research and common sense.
Support and encourage smokers who wish to reduce the harms caused by tobacco by switching to safer alternatives.
Make vaping legal.
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