LONDON (Reuters) – Rare cigarettes or lung injuries linked to 29 killed 29 with illness more than 1,000 people in the United States are rare in Britain and other countries not widely used suspected products , said Monday experts.
PHOTO FILE: Man uses vape device in this picture, 19 September, 2019. REUTERS / Adnan Abidi / Illustration
Experts in toxicology and addiction said they are convinced that the 1,299 American cases are confirmed and most likely due to serious lung injuries “related to steam.
“What is happening in the US is not happening here (in Britain), nor is it happening in any other countries where the steam is common,” said John Britton, professor and respiratory medicine consultant and director of the Center for Tobacco Studies. & UK Alcohol at the University of Nottingham.
“It's a local problem,” he told an information session in London.
US investigators and health officials have said that there may be more than one cause in the case of vapor lung illness. They have also said that oils with vapor containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, is extremely dangerous.
In Britain, with regular 3.6 million regular cigarette users in Britain, such oils are banned and vapes are advertised more sharply than in the United States, said Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at the Institute of Psychological Psychology. and Neurology at King's College, London.
She and Britton also noted that smoking tobacco cigarette smoking rates – which can lead to lung cancer and heart disease and about half of those who kill it – are falling faster in Britain. in the United States.
This said partly that smokers smoked to nicotine-containing cigarettes to help them quit, they said.
“It was a great sense if people were banned from using e-cigarettes because of what is happening in the United States,” McNeill told reporters.
India, which has the second largest population of adult smokers in the world, announced last month banned the sale of cigarettes, citing concerns about US cases.
And in Malaysia, which banned the sale of nicotine vape liquids since 2015, the Minister for Health says he is now considering a complete ban on e-cigarette sales.
When asked whether he considered that these prohibitions were sensible in terms of public health policy, Britton said he did not agree with the decision of India and the same in the United States, because they send a message to smokers. smoking to continue smoking.
“It's not incredible – if you stay on cigarettes you will lose a life day every four days you spend,” he said. “As a result of a fair ban (on e-cigarettes) people are killed.” T
Reporting by Kate Kelland; Edited by Bill Berkrot
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