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E-cigarettes are addictive as conventional cigarettes
2015.07.20
A recent study published in June 2015 in the Tobacco Control of British Medical Journal suggested that chemical additives commonly found in cigarettes and e-cigarettes could increase the addictiveness of users.

They study reviewed and cross-referenced to the tobacco industry documents and scientific researches. It found out that conventional cigarettes contain pyrazine additives that commonly used to reduce the harshness and irritating effects of nicotine. Pyrazines can reinforce the desire to smoke, which makes smokers more difficult to quit and easier to relapse after quitting. It can increase the initiation to smoke among non-smokers, particularly youth. Chemical additives should be prohibited or restricted in to order to reduce the attractiveness and addictiveness of tobacco use.

The study reported that e-cigarettes also use pyrazine additives to enhance the taste and appeal, in return for more usage and addiction. Marketing statements regard to e-cigarettes such as non-addictive and aid for smoking cessation are untrue and misleading.

A diverse range of e-cigarettes are available targeted at youngsters. Its ingredients, safety, sales and promotion are not regulated. More researches have identified the potential health risks of e-cigarette use. The harms of e-cigarettes should not be under-rated. To safeguard public health and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming the gateway to smoking, COSH supports the Government to impose a total ban on the sales, advertising, promotion and sponsorship, distribution, importation and manufacturing of e-cigarettes.

Sources:British Medical Journal
 
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