Legalise Vaping (E-Cigarettes) And Recognise That They Are Far Safer Than Smoking

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This petition is to call on the Honourable Prime Minister of India to legalise and regulate the use of e-cigarettes or vapes as a less harmful alternative to smoking and allow the citizens of India their right to personal liberty as enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution.

We understand that Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), commonly known as e-cigarettes, are being recognised world over as the most effective smoking cessation method. These devices, the collective effort of developers and users, have been evolving considerably over time, becoming safer and more effective. According to Euromonitor report, 40 million smokers across the globe and lakhs of smokers in India have completely quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes. They have succeeded where other methods have failed since they not only address nicotine dependence but also the behavioural and oral aspect.

We ex-smokers found this was one of the easiest ways to kick the butt. What made it attractive to us was that the e-cigarette did not come with over 4,000 harmful toxins released from the burning of tobacco and paper. E-cigarettes are devices that vaporise a liquid mixture of food grade propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and inhalation-safe flavours. Most importantly, nicotine in the liquid is optional. Its concentration can also be gradually reduced, providing a pathway to complete cessation of nicotine use.

Since switching, we have seen marked improvement in our health, the daily cough is gone, our stamina is back, so is our sense of taste and our near ones are not being troubled by noxious second-hand smoke that kills 800,000 innocents every year.

We are aware that these products are not tobacco substitutes but rather replacement products, and it is important to realise this crucial difference. Hence, just because they might resemble smoking does not mean that they should be clubbed together.

There is growing evidence in the world that e-cigarettes are much safer and many countries have researched them, finding that e-cigarettes actually reduce smoking and will help in cessation. In fact, the US Preventive Services Task Force does not classify vaping as tobacco as these devices do not use or burn tobacco leaves. Govts & Agencies review of evidence on Harm Reduction

The government must support smokers who are looking for safer alternatives to address their nicotine dependence, and these less harmful alternatives should be available to every Indian who wants to quit smoking. The current measures to quit smoking, namely cold turkey and nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) such as gums and patches, have very low efficacy ranging between 5 to 7% and hence it is important smokers be given access to more options to quit.

Through this petition we request the Honourable Prime Minister to heed the voice of millions of former and current smokers by giving us access to safer tobacco alternatives to so that we may significantly reduce harm to ourselves and our loved ones.