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.

In smoking control, we need to be careful about allowing new modalities (such as vaping). But we need to be clear about the aim, says the writer.
In smoking control, we need to be careful about allowing new modalities (such as vaping). But we need to be clear about the aim, says the writer.BH FILE PHOTO

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'. Subscribe