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Authorization to use e-cigarettes in Thailand is not the answer to fight against smoking, Thai agencies warn

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The Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand and other related bodies have opposed the government’s plan to make e-cigarettes legal.

In a statement, the agencies pointed out that smoke from e-cigarettes contains up to 56 chemicals, 29 of which exceed the safety level.

“Also, some chemicals produced by an e-cigarette are not found in regular tobacco cigarettes and can affect people’s health. This will only increase the burden on the country’s public health,” the statement said.

It also pointed out that e-cigarettes are not the only alternative to smoking cessation, but smokers who want to quit can also seek medical treatment, over-the-counter medicines and counselling.

“The research also shows that e-cigarettes do not help people quit smoking and can become another addiction,” the statement said.

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