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New-generation cigarette products have a variety of designs and flavors, leading to rapid popularity among youth, especially students.
Many experts have suggested establishing a legal framework to control new-generation tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, and prohibit their use among students.
Vietnam is striving to reduce the rate of tobacco use among males aged from 15 to less than 39% in the 2023 – 2025 period as set out in the freshly-approved National Strategy on Tobacco Harm Prevention and Control to 2030.
With loose control, the rampant sale of these cigarettes has caused bad influences on society.
The trading of new-generation tobacco products is popular around the world in recent years, leading to an increase in the rate of new-generation cigarette use, especially among the young.
There have been numerous incidents of students requiring emergency medical attention due to nicotine poisoning and other chemicals present in e-cigarettes and heated cigarette products.
The percentage of people aged above 15 who use e-cigarettes rose from 0.2 per cent in 2015 to 3.6 per cent in 2020.
Twelve months is the minimum time that policy makers need to study and come up with regulations for the use of new-generation cigarettes, experts have suggested.
Under a Government decree that took effect on Sunday, anyone who sells cigarettes to the minors under 18 can be fined VND3 million to VND5 million (US$129-315).
E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) were not safe for children, adolescents or young people, and these new products targeting young people had in fact created a new generation of addicts, experts warned.
Smoking can increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the community as it weakens lung function and immune response to infections, an official said.
Indonesia will raise the minimum price of cigarettes by an average of 35 percent from January next year, as part of the country’s efforts to reduce smoking rates.