Why a health policy banning e-cigarettes is an act of prudence

On June 9, two academics argued in these pages that a ban on e-cigarettes is not good policy. Here, another health expert offers a different view.

Fierce ongoing debate between sceptics and enthusiasts on the benefits and ills of e-cigarettes demonstrates how contentious the topic of e-cigarettes can be.

Professor Tikki Pang and Ms Gayle Amul recently weighed in on the range of policy responses to e-cigarettes globally, and concluded that Singapore ought to keep an open mind on e-cigarettes and shape policies only on the back of evidence and evaluations about costs and benefits (Why a ban on e-cigarettes may not be the best policy; June 9).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Why a health policy banning e-cigarettes is an act of prudence'. Print Edition | Subscribe