Experts state that the younger generation is “at risk” for respiratory, dental, and neurological problems.
Like many other nations, Pakistan has seen a sharp increase in the use of electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” which puts the youth of the nation “at risk” for respiratory, oral, and brain health problems.
Frequent e-cigarette usage can be much more harmful to the body than traditional cigarette smoking, as it raises the chance of drug addiction and damages the brain, IQ, and respiratory system over time.
Regular e-cigarette usage carries a risk of lung, mouth, and throat cancers, which can be fatal. When consuming these products, young adults—especially college and university students—do not realise the long-term negative effects of e-cigarettes, and they later put themselves at risk for major lung diseases, nicotine addiction, depression, and anxiety.
Nicotine, an addictive drug that can raise blood pressure, quicken heartbeat, and impair brain function, is a common ingredient in e-cigarettes. Young people are particularly affected by this phenomenon because their brains are still developing.
The inhalation of e-cigarette vapour has been linked to respiratory complications. Certain studies indicate that the aerosol from e-cigarettes may irritate and inflame the airways, resulting in symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and dyspnea.
Additionally, reports of severe lung injuries linked to vaping or e-cigarettes have been made. In addition to causing symptoms like breathing difficulties and chest pain, the dangerous habit can also be lethal in certain situations, he stressed. This highlights the need for a higher level, goal-oriented plan to stop the spread of e-cigarettes.
The Provincial Alliance for Sustainable Tobacco Control KP has demanded an immediate ban on vapes and e-cigarettes in Pakistan due to the risks associated with using these products.
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