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Electric Cigarettes Have Potential to Change Pattern, Tendency of Cigarette Consumption

Electric cigarette.

JAKARTA, NNC -  Researcher of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Prof. Dr. Erman Aminullah said electric cigarettes as a new technology product has the potential to change the pattern and the tendency of cigarette consumption.

"Electric cigarettes as new technology products have the potential to change the patterns and trends of cigarette consumption, from conventional cigarettes to electric cigarettes, because electrical cigarettes offer more value (lower risk) than conventional cigarettes that are documented in various research references, seminars and conferences on alternative tobacco products, as well as testimonials of electric smokers," Erman said in Jakarta, Thursday (5/10/2018).

Erman who is also the Advisory Board of Indonesian Researchers Association added that electric cigarettes are very effective to reduce the consumption of conventional cigarettes in the community.

Tobacco products which are heated, not burned and electrical cigarettes are considered to have a lower risk than conventional cigarettes because they do not experience the combustion process and eliminate TAR, a chemical compound containing carcinogenic substances.

"This is the compound that if in the long term inhaled by humans will settle in the body and trigger various health problems such as lung disease, heart disease, and cancer," he added.

He added that in order for technological innovations from alternative tobacco products to be accepted and formulated in the regulation, an advocacy process for these lower-risk products is required.

In addition, he said, it is necessary to prepare the steps forward in socializing alternative tobacco products.

"However, this concerns the livelihood of many people, so it takes good faith from all parties to sit together and discuss so that we can see the good potential of a technological innovation through this alternative tobacco products," he said, as quoted from Antara.