New Delhi: A doctor from Indore spoke in favour of regulating e-cigarettes instead of a blanket ban, which he said would be detrimental to public health as research shows vaping or e-cigarettes are an effective means to quit conventional smoking.
Dr Vikas Jain, a paediatrician, was speaking during a panel session discussion on e-cigarettes at PEDICON2020, held in Indore on Thursday. The experts on the panel were discussing the recent vaping ban when the attendee doctor cleared some of the prevailing myths about electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
Dr Jain said, “The biggest myth about e-cigarettes is that it causes lung cancer, which is completely baseless and false. Vaping has very low or negligible association with lung cancer as it does not contain tobacco which is a major cause of the disease.”
“E-cigarettes are for people addicted to conventional smoking and want to quit. There are a lot of smokers who have quit smoking with the help of vaping,” said Dr Jain.
Citing internationally acclaimed research, Dr Jain said, “Research has proven that e-cigarettes are 95 per cent less harmful than conventional smoking. The 5 per cent harmful factor with e-cigarettes is from nicotine which makes a person addicted, but nicotine itself is not carcinogenic. E-cigarettes are a more effective method of quitting smoking compared to nicotine patches or NRT (nicotine replacement therapy).” This is in line with a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine where cigarette abstinence rate of e-cigarette users was 18% while those using nicotine replacement therapies was 9.9%.
Dr Jain stressed on the need of regulation of e-cigarettes as he said regulation will make it accessible to only those who use them to quit smoking.
“A lot of people who switched to vaping from conventional smoking have reported improved breathing patterns and many medical bodies, public institutions and medical professionals have corroborated it,” Dr Jain concluded.