Leading health experts and advocates are now clear that e-cigarettes are not the lesser evil to tobacco use. Evidence shows that nicotine is highly addictive and is a stepping stone to tobacco use. Moreover, the electronic cigarette aerosols do not contain harmless water vapour, as many companies claim, and it will take decades to fully appreciate the magnitude of the impact of e-cigarettes on health.
1. Learn about the dangers of e-cigarettes
It is essential for paediatricians and child advocates to keep up to date with the latest developments. To find out more see thestatementfrom the Foundation of International Respiratory Societies. article from the Lancetand associated press releases.
2. Make a submission on the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill
Anthony Westwood is coordinating a departmental submission on the draft Bill. Click here to find out how you can contribute.
3. Use the following website to educate youth
It is also essential to raise awareness amongst youth. Still blowing smoke is a powerful advocacy tool developed by the California Tobacco Control Project who have kindly offered to share their material so that we can raise awareness in South Africa.