Over ten lakh Indians die every year because of regular smoking, making it the the fourth leading cause that causes death when it comes to non-communicable diseases in the country.

E-cigarettes, popularly called e-cigs have been know to help people quit smoking by giving them a significantly safer option. This time, a set of Indian researchers undertook a project to pursue evidence based research and decided to publish scientific literature on the issue.

The paper is titled  “ENDs as a Substitute to Conventional Cigarette: An Evidence-based Audit”, and is co-authored by Sambuddha Das, Yashmin Choudhury, S. Thangminlal Vaiphei and R.N. Sharan of the Department of Biochemistry, North-Eastern Hill University.

E-cigarettes, popularly called e-cigs have been know to help people quit smoking by giving them a significantly saferr option.

According to data from the WHO, there are about one billion people who smoke in the world, of which six million die due to smoking annually. Over a million of those who die, are from India. The authors conducted this research in order to identify safer alternatives if any, that would allow regular smokers to quit their habits. They results of their study found that e-cigarettes and vaping products have minimum health risks when they are compared to their conventional counterparts.

“Our systematic meta-analysis of published literature compares the health and safety aspects of vaping using ENDS with smoking conventional cigarettes. We find that ENDS have minimum health and safety concerns compared to the high risks associated with conventional cigarettes,” Sharan said.

He went on to say that “Although some gaps remain to be filled by further research, our study conclusively establishes that ENDS offer smokers a far safer alternative, which itself is relatively harmless.”

Thus, if the country were to lessen regulations and enable access to these less harmful products, it would be likely to support the cause of the nation in achieving its public health objectives that are often related due to smoking related issues.

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