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Global studies throw fresh light on vaping

Research and studies on vaping across the world, mostly in developed nations, are creating ripples for those who want such a ban to stay

New Delhi: Global trends on vaping are throwing up interesting results, forcing many across the world – including in India – to sit up and take notice.

The studies are – actually – eye openers.

Vaping is banned in India, next month it will be three years since the ban came into force following directives issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Vaping involves using a device that vaporises a nicotine-containing liquid the user inhales. Now, it is not without risk, the evidence for vaping does not say that. It merely says cigarette smokers who switch would suffer from far fewer negative effects and live relatively longer, healthier lives.

But research and studies on vaping across the world, mostly in developed nations, are creating ripples for those who want such a ban to stay, and do not wish to reverse it.

Consider this one, reported by the Daily Express of London. The daily said vaping gear – scientists in the UK have concluded – should be put on prescription to help millions kick their smoking habits.

This could mean England becomes the first country in the world to prescribe e-cigarettes licensed as a medical product.

This is a big one, claims the daily which says in trials, two in five failed quitters who used vouchers for free e-cigarette equipment as well as advice were tobacco-free within a month.

 

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