E-cigarettes: Neither ban nor permit, but reduce harm

Balanced approaches have worked to tackle the problem of substance abuse and HIV/Aids. They can work to curb the harms caused by smoking too.

An interesting debate on the pros and cons of e-cigarettes has taken place in these pages.

It started with a commentary by Professor Tikki Pang and Ms Gayle Amu (Why a ban on e-cigarettes may not be the best policy; ST, June 9) in which they suggested that Singapore might consider permitting the use of e-cigarettes as an option to reduce the disease burden of smoking by encouraging smokers to substitute cigarettes with less harmful products.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2018, with the headline 'E-cigarettes: Neither ban nor permit, but reduce harm'. Print Edition | Subscribe