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Electric Cigarettes Can Cause Cell Damages

Electric Cigarettes Can Cause Cell Damages (medicalnewstoday)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Chairperson of the Working Group on Cigarette Issues on the Indonesian Lung Physicians Association Dr. Feni Fitriani Sp P (K) said electronic cigarettes can cause cell damage. Electronic cigarette itself is a device that functions to convert chemicals into a form of steam and drain it into the lungs using electricity.

She said the World Health Organization (WHO) termed electronic cigarettes as Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS). WHO said there was not enough scientific evidence to show the benefits of vape.

Electronic cigarettes are exposed to contain nicotine and carcinogens such as propylene glycol, glycerol, formaldehyde, nitrosamines and others. In addition, there are also other toxic substances such as heavy metal, silicate, nanoparticles and Particulate Matter (PM).

"This content stimulates irritation and inflammation and causes cell damage. Electronic cigarettes have the potential to cause addiction, giving rise to the risk of fiber cancer, other health risks in humans," said Dr. Feni.

dr. Feni continued that the initial concept of electronic cigarettes existed since 1965 through a patent registered by Herbert A Gilbert but mass production was based on a patent by Hon Lik in China in 2003 and began to circulate internationally in 2004.

In November 2017, the Ministry of Trade itself issued Regulation of the Minister of Trade Number 86 dated November 10, 2017 which regulates the Import of Electronic Cigarettes, and stipulates the requirements for obtaining import permits, one of which is a recommendation from the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM).

"But 10 days later a letter postponed the enactment of Permendag No. 86/2017 by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Rl. So that at present, there are no rules governing electronic cigarettes," he asserted.

Analysis of nine lungitudinal studies conducted in February 2017 in the US also shows: teens who start smoking with vape will become conventional smokers later on.

The number of teenage users is: Indonesia 0.3% (2011) 3, Korea 9.4% (2014), England 18% (2014) 5, America 13.45% High School and 3.9% Middle School (2013).