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Jakarta Post

E-cigarettes: The other public health emergency

  • Megan Quitkin and Tara Singh Bam

    The Jakarta Post

Paris/Singapore   /   Wed, June 3 2020   /  11:16 am

While academics, the media and the public health community frequently debate the utility and dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping, this discourse has a myopic focus on the United Kingdom and the United States, which repeatedly pit their respective country experiences against one another. Notably absent from the discussion is careful consideration of how novel products, including heated tobacco products (HTPs), will impact the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where they are being aggressively introduced and marketed. In diverse nations like Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, these products will further stress already fragile health systems, now further constrained by COVID-19. Young people are particularly vulnerable. We highlight these increasingly challenging issues amid the pandemic, in conjunction with World No Tobacco Day of May 31.With the same tactics they ...