"This claim is bogus as smoking rates among youth are declining in all countries that have allowed vaping. In fact, after vaping was introduced, overall smoking rates have declined at a historical rate, which clearly points to the tremendous harm-reduction potential of vaping," said Samrat Chowdhery, Director at the AVI.
The organisation also contested the government's claim that e-vapour has a significant presence of metals.
"Extensive studies have been done on presence of metals in e-vapour and it has been consistently found that their presence is too minuscule to cause harm. The smoke released from tobacco cigarettes has much higher levels of metals compared to e-vapour," Chowdhery said.
All major scientific institutions from the Royal College of Physicians, American Cancer Society, National Academies for Sciences and Engineering, as well as the US Food and Drug Administration, have acknowledged that e-cigarettes are substantially less harmful than combustible cigarettes.
Chowdhery also slammed the government for presenting a wrong picture by selectively citing the World Health Organisation (WHO) data saying that 30 countries have banned e-cigarettes.
The same data also demonstrates that 65 nations, including the EU, the UK, the US, Canada and New Zealand, have allowed and regulated e-cigarettes, an information that the government has withheld, he noted.
Conversely, the countries that have banned, barring outlier Australia, are small nations and those with dubious records in public health, he argued.
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