South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi plans to target e-cigarettes as part of a move to ensure the tobacco industry is properly regulated in the country.
Motsoaledi said there is a drive to categorise e-cigarettes as “any other kind of cigarette”, as some e-cigarettes contained nicotine.
Others do not contain nicotine, he said, but it was not his department’s job to determine which variants did or did not.
He said e-cigarettes that did not contain nicotine were still harmful, as they introduced youngsters to smoking.
Motsoaledi said health ministers around the world agree that smoking – with traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes – needs to be stopped.
The minister’s interview is embedded below.
E-cigarettes Are Exploding in People’s Faces
Electronic cigarettes have come under the spotlight for the potential to explode in the face of their users, according to a report.
Electronic cigarettes have come under the spotlight for the potential to explode in the face of their users, according to a report by BuzzFeed.
The report focussed on several US cases in which e-cigarette users – also known as vapers – were seriously injured as a result of faulty devices.
One user lost an eye, while another had his teeth smashed from his gums due to an exploding device.
“An unpublished FDA analysis found 66 reports of e-cigarette overheating, fires, and explosions in 2015 and the first month of 2016, a number the agency calls an underestimate of actual events,” stated BuzzFeed.
The e-cigarette industry has grown rapidly in recent years, stated the report, with claimed health benefits over traditional cigarettes a strong selling point.
E-Cigarettes Can Cause Lung Complications
Although e-cigarettes have claimed to be a ‘healthier’ alternative to traditional tobacco smoking – it can promote bad habits and create complications for your lung capacity and functionality. Check your health today!