World Vape Day (WVD) was observed on May 30, by Millions of e-cigarette users or vapers across the globe and the day is celebrated, a day before World No Tobacco Day (May 31).
WVD aims to raise awareness on e-cigarettes or vapes & help smokers who are unable to quit on their own or with currently available smoking cessation tools to change to safer nicotine products.
i.The use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) is a common cause of many preventable deaths and diseases.
ii.According to Euromonitor International the number of vapers globally has been increasing rapidly from about 7 million in 2011 to 41 million in 2018.
iii.The market research group estimates that the number of adult vapers worldwide will reach almost 55 million by the year 2021.
iv.Coalition of Asia-Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) is one of the lead organizers of the WVD 2020. Vaping can reduce smoking-related sickness, deaths.
i.In 2018 independence evidence review Public Health England (PHE) concluded that e-cigarettes are around 95% safer than combustible cigarettes.
ii.According to WHO (World Health Organization) everyday, 80,000 to 1,00,000 young people around the world become addicted to tobacco. If this continues, nearly 250 million children and young people alive today will die from tobacco- related diseases.
i.Electronic Cigarettes are handheld battery- powered vaporizers. Instead of cigarette smoke, the user inhales vapour, so using an e-cigarette is called vaping.
ii.They typically have a heating element that atomizes a liquid solution called e-liquid to heat the liquid nicotine into vapour which gives a smoking effect and not produce toxic fumes.
iii.The main components of the liquid used in e-cigarettes are propylene glycol and glycerin, accounting for 95% of the e-liquid. The remaining components are water, nicotine, and flavourings.