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As dangerous as cigarettes? Jakartans begin to question health risks of vaping

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Jakarta   /   Tue, September 24, 2019   /  11:47 am
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An e-cigarette cafe employee (left) vapes with customers in Jakarta on Jan. 9, 2018.(AFP/BAY ISMOYO )

Reported deaths and lung-related illnesses caused by vaping in the United States have made users in Greater Jakarta begin to question their own health. Anthony Lambotte, manager of a cafe in BSD City, Serpong, Banten, said he had recently kicked his e-cigarette habit after one year for fear of addiction and deteriorating fitness. “I used to vape constantly because it was easy and did not smell. But because of the ceaseless consumption, my throat hurt a lot,” the 27-year-old told The Jakarta Post. Gunawan Tan, 20, a student at a private university in West Jakarta, said he and some of his young college friends had started to worry about their health after finding out that vaping had reportedly caused death. “We thought vaping was way better than smoking because they said it put you at less risk of getting diseases. Maybe now the safest option is to a...