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There is no such thing as a less harmful e-cigarette, health experts say

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, November 24, 2019   /  08:01 am
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An e-cigarette cafe employee (‘left’) vapes with customers in Jakarta on Jan. 9, 2018.(AFP/BAY ISMOYO )

  For the past few years, cigarette companies have introduced a new form of nicotine consumption that they say is less harmful, smoke free and will save millions of lives from smoking-related disease caused by conventional cigarettes. However, in a discussion on Friday held by the Public Health Scholars Association (IAKMI), public experts condemned the move, calling it “just another business” for the industries. “The campaign is so ‘noble’ that it makes people confused whether cigarette companies are now really pro-health. […] But multinational cigarette industries never really mean to stop selling cigarettes. Instead, it is just another business expansion for them by having additional business with the next generation of products,” Widyastuti Soerojo of the IAKMI said. A recent survey by the Jakarta Residents Forum (FAKTA)...