E-Cigarettes Can Draw People Away From Cigarette Smoking

September 30, 2015 Updated: July 9, 2020

Dear Editor,

I came across the article “Young People and E-Cigarettes: What We Know So Far” in Epoch Times’ Southeast Asia edition.

The U.K. Department of Health recently came out with a report which concludes that e-cigarettes “carry a fraction of the risk of smoking,” that there is “no evidence that they are acting as a route into smoking for children and non-smokers” and that confusion among people about their nature and likely risk profile is an obstacle for tobacco harm reduction.

In Singapore, the government has announced a pre-emptive ban on emerging tobacco products, but according to a recent survey, done by factasia.org, of 400 adult smokers aged 18+ in Singapore, the respondents feel the government should not prevent or delay the introduction of less harmful products like e-cigarettes.

We all know that cigarette-smoking is harmful and there is a big debate around the world on e-cigarettes drawing people away from cigarette-smoking and how they have been proven to be less harmful. Even anti-smoking lobbyists and scientists are writing to the Singapore government to relook into its pre-emptive action.

Singapore has been silent on the e-cigarette debate.

I hope Epoch Times can cover the story.

Best regards,
Hanepoc

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