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Are e-cigarettes going to be banned in Pakistan?

January 14, 2019

The Pakistan Medical Association wants the government to ban e-cigarettes.

“There should be a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes. More young people are using e-cigarettes now,” said PMA Secretary-General Dr Qaiser Sajjad. “We don’t have any data on it,” he remarked. We don’t even know about any diseases caused by it.

Related: Man arrested for selling e-cigarettes to children in Jhelum

National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination Minister Aamir Kiani said that they will think about banning vaping once PMA contacts them. “We will see once PMA submits a request,” he said while speaking to SAMAA TV. We will see how many countries have banned e-cigarettes, Kiani added.

What are e-cigarettes? 

An e-cigarette is a battery-operated device which resembles a cigarette, a cigar, a pipe, or a pen. Most of them have a replaceable and refillable cartridge.

It was invented by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik.

Related: Vaping may be worse than smoking ordinary cigarettes

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other liquid chemicals. They don’t have any tobacco. They expose the lungs to different substances, including dicetyl, which can cause severe lung diseases.

Fatal poisoning has resulted from inhaling e-cigarette liquid too. Use of vapers may contribute to lung and bladder cancer, as well as heart diseases.



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    Affan   January 15, 2019 6:07 am/ Reply

    That would be the worst decision the Govt. can take. The world is using vapind as smoking cessation devices since they dont have any carcinogens. But anything as stupid as it may seem can be expected in this fine country of ours. Ridiculous.

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    Khurram shahzad   January 15, 2019 11:53 pm/ Reply

    I 100% agreed with the comment above, its non sense behaviour. Where the wirld is recognising vape, in our country doing tupid action, i must say its far more bettr then a normal cigrette

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    Asad   January 26, 2019 5:54 am/ Reply

    If anything should be banned, it should be CIGARETTES, not e-cigs. Banning e-cigs would only increase the use of regular cigarettes, which we can all agree is A LOT more harmful than vaping.

    I am a robot

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    Robot hoon   February 6, 2019 9:39 pm/ Reply

    Vaping sshould not be banned
    Else government should ban cigarette first then. This is worst decision if vape gets banned.

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    Abubakr   February 6, 2019 10:29 pm/ Reply

    Utter nonsense.
    Dicetyle is a thing of the past. After FDA made a regulation no eliquid these days has this anymore as they can not manufacture and market if it does.

    UK is a good example of how they are regulating electronic cigarettes and allowing also more studies are coming everyday that support vaping is way less harmful then smoking.

    The only issue is it should not get in the hands of youth.

    This is the best thing that has happened after the regular cigarette industry became main stream.

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    Hamza Mazhar   February 7, 2019 12:18 am/ Reply

    Totally invalid arguements. And that too coming from a doctor? Pathetic. Article states that e cigarettes were introduced by a pharmacist. The main goal was to get smokers away from their extremely bad habbit of inhaling CO (Carbon monoxide) and 50 other known carcinogens and adapt vaping as a safer alternative to fulfill their nicotine addiction. Millions of deaths occur each year because of smoking and not one has been reported because of any disease caused by inhalation of E liquid. And for all the normies and people who know nothing about vaping, the vapes which blast in peoples faces are because of their own stupidity. There are two very basic things to keep in mind while vaping which is ohms law and battery wrap protection. If you know this, you wont be facing any problems.
    And as for PMA and other concerned parties, if anything is to be banned, it should be cigarettes and tobbaco. And vaping should be encouraged. For teenagers who are non-smokers and underage kids, all the vape shops already have a strict policy of checking ID cards. The small tobbaco corner shops should be checked regularly to not stock any vaping related item as they stock fake ungraded items which are dangerous. But genuine E liquids are made only from food grade pg vg and artificial and natural flavourings.

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    Atif   February 7, 2019 9:26 am/ Reply

    UK and the world is using e-cigs as a means to help people quit smoking and we are as usual going the opposite direction

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    Dr. Mohsin   March 24, 2019 12:03 pm/ Reply

    Literally a new nonsense by pakistan government. The whole world is moving from cigarettes to vaping and here our government wants to stick on the cigarettes instead of vaping. As Dr Qaiser Sajjad said they don’t have enough data on e-cigarettes but i am pretty sure they do have enough data to ban the cigarettes. Now the question arises why they don’t ban. I think he got the shares in cigarette companies. Cigarettes are almost primary cause for all the heart and lung diseases.

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    MIS   April 7, 2019 3:47 pm/ Reply

    I was a smoker since 7th standard and now I am 25 years old, I used to smoke 2 packs of Dunhill International per day until I quit 6 months ago and switched to vaping, It used to take about an hour or so for me to clear my lungs everyday by coughing out the phlegm, every morning my lungs felt like they are burning, I was unable to inhale deeply cuz it used to hurt. Since I am vaping I feel better, my lungs are well, I don’t feel fatigued now.

    If vaping was SO HARMFUL then I think other countries would have banned it as well, researchers who are calling vaping 95% safer than smoking are not STUPID.

    Government should consider public benefit over running their monopoly, do some research (IF YOU GUYS ARE CAPABLE OF IT {which I seriously doubt} THEN START SPREADING FALSE RUMORS).


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    shehzad   April 25, 2019 12:11 am/ Reply

    One of the most obsolete non sense of this era ….quit smoking start vaping

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