National Health Commission of China Curbs Smoking by Legislation of E-Cigarette

The health risks of e-cigarettes are attracting increasing public attention in China. Mao Qun’an, director of the Planning Department of the National Health Commission of China revealed at a press conference today (July 22) that the National Health Commission is working with relevant departments on e-cigarette supervision and plans to pass legislation to regulate e-cigarettes.

Talking about the health risk of e-cigarettes, Mao Qun’an said that the aerosols produced by e-cigarettes contain many toxic and harmful substances, and the vague identification of nicotine and other contents may cause smokers to overdose. In addition, there are risks such as explosions and high-temperature burns.

According to him, the use of e-cigarettes in China is at a low level, but according to the 2018 survey conducted by the China CDC, compared with 2015, the proportion of people who have heard, used and currently using e-cigarettes has increased. The use of e-cigarettes can easily induce adolescents to use traditional tobacco and accelerate the trend of younger smoking.

Mao Qun’an said that in view of this, e-cigarette supervision must be strictly strengthened. He revealed that the National Health Commission is currently working with e-cigarette supervision and plans to regulate e-cigarettes through legislation.

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