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E-cigarettes: Indian government research council recommends “complete prohibition”

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 03 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4030
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The Indian Council of Medical Research, part of the government’s department of health, has recommended a complete prohibition on e-cigarettes, citing their highly addictive and harmful ingredients among other concerns, in a new white paper.1

The council has claimed that there are documented “adverse effects” of e-cigarette use, including DNA damage, carcinogenesis, and respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological disorders.

Other problems such as second hand vapour exposure—especially during pregnancy—poisoning from accidental swallowing by children, …

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