- Fifteen past presidents of highly regarded research institution, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) endorse benefits of e-cigarettes in reducing smoking-related deaths
- The article seeks to clarify the disinformation around vaping and gives scientific misunderstanding to the narrow approach taken by some of the policymakers and the media.
- AVI Endorses Article and Urges Indian Authorities To Consider Sense Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) Policies To Address The Tobacco Crisis In The Country
Mumbai, India, 25 August 2021 / PRNewswire / – A recent review titled “Balancing Consideration of the Risks and Benefits of E-Cigarettes” published in the American Journal of Health was co-authored by fifteen eminent tobacco control scientists led by a tobacco control expert Kenneth warner, professor emeritus of health policy and management, University of Michigan. The review highlights how most media reports regarding vaping and electronic cigarettes (ECs) focus primarily on the negative effects, while only a small fraction mentions its relative benefits. The media also consistently focuses on the appeal of vaping to children. This creates a generally negative opinion among the public, who are concerned that vaping is as harmful or even more harmful than smoking.
This study is in line with the mission of the Association of Vapers India (AVI), which fully endorses the authors’ point of view to find a “judicious mix of policies” focused on increasing smoking cessation in adults as well as on reducing smoking among young people. The public health community and policy makers need to pay particular attention to adult smokers, especially because tobacco addiction is disproportionate in disadvantaged and minority communities, with unequal access to health resources.
AVI’s reactionary statement:
AVI thinks this message is of much greater importance for a country like India, which has a large base of tobacco users. “India, with its struggling healthcare system and huge burden of tobacco-related deaths, should easily adopt tobacco harm reduction measures. This recent report will be of immense help to AVI in convincing policymakers of the benefits of vaping, ”said the Director of AVI. Samrat chowder. Policy makers in India have been immune to the science in this area and have banned the sale and manufacture of vaping devices. An endorsement of this magnitude is hard to ignore and will hopefully influence lawmakers to reconsider their position.
The authors of the article are well respected in the tobacco control field and their views cannot be ignored as biased or corporate sponsored. The dialogue in the area of tobacco harm reduction must change, taking due account of the public health benefits of transitioning current smokers to less harmful alternatives.
The review systematically addresses most points of the vaping debate in order to gain a balanced view of its usefulness as a tobacco harm reduction strategy. He cites numerous studies to show that vaping is significantly less dangerous than combustible cigarettes. It also refers to clinical trials and population studies indicating that vaping encourages smoking cessation almost twice as fast as traditional nicotine replacement therapies like gums and patches.
The authors linked the use of ECs to a decline in the sale of combustible cigarettes, highlighting studies that show that policies restricting vaping can lead to an unintentional increase in smoking and reduce efforts to quit.
The report sees youth vaping as an important aspect to watch out for, although many studies refute concerns that vaping is acting as a gateway drug for youth or causing a population-level shift in addiction. nicotine. Experts mention that “as public health groups, media, policy makers and the general public focus on vaping among young people, the potential of vaping to help adults quit smoking is too often lost. This can have a significant cost to public health. “
The authors also offer illustrative policy measures, including heavily taxing combustible tobacco products and ECs modestly, restricting flavored vaping products to adult-only outlets, communicating the use of vaping as a means ” less risky (not without risk) ”to stop smoking, the regulation of nicotine levels in EC and its advertising.
The Association of Vapers India is a non-profit organization that advocates for tobacco harm reduction measures, including the the use of electronic cigarettes and snus. AVI is connected to a community of over a million consumers who have quit smoking through vaping. Its members include professionals from all walks of life, including medical, legal and political experts.
AVI is part of the International Network of Consumer Organizations (INNCO), which represents 40 national consumer organizations.
SOURCE Indian Vaping Association (AVI)