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E-cigarettes won't stop tobacco consumption: Official

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 22, 2015   /  07:06 pm

Health Ministry secretary-general Untung Suseno Sutarjo says the consumption of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) can help to reduce tobacco consumption but will not eradicate it.

Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel has spoken of a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes nationwide based on a recommendation from the Health Ministry.

'€œ[E-cigarettes] will help to lessen consumption, but we found that the impact on health is the same,'€ said Untung in a press conference at the ministry on Friday.

Consumers have been purchasing imported e-cigarettes from China.

The ministry'€™s head of health promotion, Lily S. Sulistyowati, also said that the ministries would talk about the implementation of the regulation with the Trade Ministry.

'€œWe will discuss the regulation. The Health Ministry understands the impact of e-cigarettes, but the product is still permitted to be sold at the moment,'€ Lily said.

The WHO has recommended tighter restrictions on the use, sale, content and promotion of e-cigarettes, as they also pose risks to people that passively inhale the vapors that they release.

Research published in scientific journal PLOS One said e-cigarettes still contained toxic chemicals and could harm the lungs, making the body more susceptible to respiratory infections. (fsu)(++++)