Electronic Cigarette Wholesale opponents have been using the gateway-to-smoking argument for years,
but with multiple studies and surveys showing otherwise, they’ve been
having a tough time proving it’s a real concern. Luckily, an Indian NGO
has just released a study that’s bound to put a big smile on the faces
of those who would love to see vaping banned into oblivion.
The Salaam Bombay Foundation, a non-government organization based in Mumbai, has asked for a total ban on electronic cigarettes in India
after presenting a study that clearly shows they are a huge gateway to
smoking tobacco for youths. Well, calling this research a study would be
a bit far-fetched, considering it was actually a small-scale
cross-sectional survey with a pool of just 300 respondents. Basically,
they interviewed 300 students – ages 10 to 25 – about e-cigarette use
during the months of April and May, and found that 73% of them had been
exposed to vaping devices, with 33% of them reporting that they were
using them, and 15% declaring themselves regular users.
Furthermore, Salaam Bombay Foundation researchers also found that a whopping 80% of electronic cigarette users in India not used any tobacco
prior to vaping, but they were now switching to tobacco cigarettes
after being introduced to the evil that is nicotine. None of the sources
I’ve found online mention how the study reached this shocking
conclusion, but hey, it’s in the news so it must be true…
But wait, there’s more. The “study” reportedly quotes a 12-year-old boy from a city school, who claims that children start out by using
e-cigarettes for fun and later start using tobacco cigarettes. I mean,
if you can’t trust a 12-year-old to tell it like it is, who can you
trust? Glad they included his testimony as fact.
“E-cigarettes have been targeting our youth with their colors and flavors that entice them and pull them towards addiction to tobacco,”
Tshering Bhutia, vice president of Projects Preventive Health &
Research of the foundation, told Xinhua News, adding that banning these
products is a way to keep kids away from tobacco consumption. As always,
it’s all about the kids!
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