Ministry urges tightening control of e-cigarettes

By VNA   May 6, 2023 | 12:31 am PT
Ministry urges tightening control of e-cigarettes
A person holds an e-cigarette. Photo by Unsplash/Ivan Florendo
The Ministry of Health has demanded enhancing examination and settlement of the purchase, sale, and trading of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, which have not been licensed in Vietnam.

The ministry recently sent a document to city and provincial People’s Committees nationwide, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Information and Communications, and the Ministry of Public Security to ask for increasing communications about the harms of electronic nicotine delivery systems, or e-cigarettes, heated tobacco products, and shisha. It also called for boosting examination and settlement.

Though Vietnam has not permitted the import, trading, or circulation of those products, they are becoming popular, sold widely on the Internet, the ministry said, pointing out that with diverse designs and flavors of e-cigarettes, vaping is rising fast in the country, particularly among students.

It cited the 2019 statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) as showing that 2.6% of students aged 15 - 17 in Vietnam vaped. A 2022 survey also revealed 3.5% of those aged 13 - 15 used e-cigarettes.

Healthcare establishments and the media have reported many cases of students poisoned with nicotine and liquids used in those products.

Apart from the harms similar to regular cigarettes’, the use of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products also poses the risk of causing social evils, especially the crimes related to drugs and other addictive substances, according to the ministry.

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