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Growing concern in Kuwait on vapes

Unsafe alternative for regular smoking

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 12, (KUNA): Electronic cigarettes were used as a rather safe substitute to regular cigarettes, however, their danger rose to the surface with the US announcing six e-cigarettes-related deaths recently.

An e-cigarette is a handheld battery-powered vaporizer that simulates smoking through providing some of the behavioral aspects of smoking, without burning tobacco.

Controversy over the safety of these vapes is still going on, as it is believed they have similar effects as regular cigarettes when used for a long term. These include cancer and heart attacks.

There is a concern in Kuwait over the growing numbers of people using e-cigarettes, especially teenagers. Although they are prohibited by the Ministry of Health, they are still illegally sold on social media and stores. According to researchers, e-cigarettes are relatively new to markets and need further thorough studies to fully determine their dangers. They had found that long-term use could harm immunity cells in the body.

In separate statements to KUNA on Thursday, a number of specialists in addiction and anti-smoking centers agreed that e-cigarettes cannot be considered as a safe alternative for smoking. On his part, chairman of Bashayer Al-Khair Society Abdulhameed Al-Belali affirmed that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is found in tobacco and causes addiction.

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