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Jakarta Post

Doctors, activists call for e-cigarette ban  

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /  04:08 pm
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With more and more minimarts and online stores starting to sell e-cigarettes, these so-called alternatives to tobacco have become more popular among young Indonesians, especially teenagers, according to the 2018 Basic Health Survey (Riskesdas).(Shutterstock/File)

Pulmonologist Agus Dwi Susanto recalls treating a patient who was complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath after smoking e-cigarettes for six months. The patient was diagnosed with pneumothorax, a collapse of the lung that occurs when air leaks into the space between the lung and chest. The diagnosis was one of many that directed Agus’ attention to the surging popularity of e-cigarettes among Indonesians, with many assuming that it is less harmful than conventional cigarettes.   “The nicotine levels in an e-cigarette smoker’s urine is similar to those of someone who smokes five [conventional] cigarettes a day, around 223 milligrams,” said Agus, who also heads to Indonesian Pulmonologists Association (PDPI). The PDPI, the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), the Indonesian Cardiologist Association (PERKI) and several other med...