Vaping of e-cigarettes in kenya
A Juul vaping system with accessory pods in varying flavours. There have been health concerns about e-cigarettes. [ Photo / ]

T*****o manufacturers are banking on e-cigarettes to increase sales and reduce the harmful health effects of s*****g. 

Countering concerns by health experts and consumer regulators, industry leaders at the recent Global T*****o & N******e Forum (GTNF) held in Washington DC sought to put up a strong case for the use of e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to combustible s*****g.

The use of e-cigarettes, or v****g as it is known, is facing resistance following claims that it could create a new generation of n******e addicts and a rise in lung illnesses.

Investigators from the Centers for D*****e Control and Prevention are scrambling to figure out what’s causing hundreds of people to fall i*l from v****g. At least 11 people have d**d in recent weeks from a lung d*****e that resembles a rare form of pneumonia.

Speakers at the Global T*****o and N******e Forum insisted the link to v****g is not scientifically proven.

P***********s International CEO Andre Calantzopoulos said the v****g health c****s sweeping across the U.S. right now is highly emotional and would result in a tightly regulated market within the next two to three years.

“It is a very emotional issue as we know because it involves use by teenagers and this should be the priority by everybody to address because this is a serious issue,” he said.

Calantzopoulos said by the next few years, t*****o markets will be highly regulated in terms of product, marketing and other restrictions.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol which typically contains n******e, flavourings and other chemicals. They are marketed as safer than combustible t*****o and are especially popular among teenagers in developed countries.

However, they are banned in many countries such as Brazil, Singapore, the Seychelles, Uruguay and India because of fears they could engender n******e a*******n among teenagers. Kenya has no policy on e-cigarettes.

innovative s*****g would would produce potentially less harmful products

Mitch Zeller, director FDA Centre for T*****o Products

Mr Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and D**g Administration’s Center for T*****o Products said a world free of n******e a*******n was still achievable. “Adults seeking n******e can find it in alternative and less harmful sources,” he said. “This will also decrease the likelihood of future generations of kids to ever become a******d to cigarettes even if they experiment with them.”

He said innovative s*****g would not only allow more a******d a***t smokers to quit but would also produce potentially less harmful products.

“N******e regulation will support innovation for medicinal n******e products and other therapeutic cessation aids to help smokers quit,” he said.

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