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  • Context (TH): As per WHO, there is an urgent need to control e-cigarettes to protect children and non-smokers.
  • E-cigarettes (or vapes) are electronic devices that heat a liquid to produce an inhalable aerosol.
  • E-cigarettes may/may not have nicotine, but they do not contain tobacco.
  • However, they contain additives, flavours and chemicals that may have adverse impacts.
  • In India, the possession of e-cigarettes and similar devices is a violation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarette Act of 2019.

Adverse Effects of E-Cigarettes

  • Nicotine addiction: E-cigarettes often contain nicotine, which is highly addictive.
  • Respiratory issues
  • Exposure to secondhand aerosol: They produce an aerosol containing harmful chemicals and nicotine, potentially impacting bystanders.
  • Lung damage
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Harm brain development
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