A Chinese scientist and pharmacist whose name is Hon Lik developed the first modern e-cigarette in 2003 which helped in shaping vaping as what we know today. His father was a heavy smoker and died because of it, so he invented the e-cigarette to also personally quit smoking. E-cigarettes arrived in North America and Europe four years after. In Shenzhen, there are many vape product manufacturers that market not only in China but all throughout the world.
However, the Chinese government is thinking of banning e-cigarettes soon. This is considered a negative policy because China is the proponent of vaping. In fact, China has a very serious smoking problem and banning vaping may increase the already growing number of smokers. Sad to say, the Chinese government seems to still ignore the benefits of vapes. What does the Chinese government say about vaping? What are the possible impacts or effects of banning vaping in China?
Current Smoking and Vaping Status in China
In the United States, e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco products, but in China, they are seen otherwise. While China has a public smoking ban, the country has a very high number of smokers, reaching 300 million. This is almost equal to the population in the United States. In fact, the largest cigarette manufacturer in the world is found in China. According to Statistics, two-thirds of men in China smoke cigarettes and almost one million deaths occur every year because of it.
The results of the statistics are very alarming. Just imagine the tripled second-hand smoke rates, affecting millions of children alone every year. Not only that, respiratory problems arise such as lung cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) including bronchitis and emphysema. China has a high rate of COPD cases, reaching up to 100 million this year alone, according to Tulane University. Sad to say, many don’t know they have COPD based on the lung-function screenings of the largest COPD survey conducted in China.
What Chinese Regulators Propose
Comprehensive awareness of vapor products and control are proposed by Chinese regulators. This is based on the report of China Global Television Network. Zhang Jianshu, the president of Beijing Tobacco Control Association said that they are now calling relevant departments for regulating and formulation standardized control measures on e-cigarettes. This action would mean prohibiting the use of vapes publicly like tobacco. There are no laws or regulations associated with the manufacturing, sale, and use of e-cigarettes in China.
There are no regulations or laws governing their production, sale, or use in China. However, the incident involving the Air China commercial plane that almost crashed last month became a major source of concern because the pilots vaped during the flight. This event has leaped the public eye against vaping.
Benefits of Vaping to Chinese Citizens
When the wife of a man named Qu Liang became pregnant, this 30-year-old salesman from Shanghai chose to switch from smoking to vaping. China is the leading producer of e-cigarettes in the world, but vaping is still considered an uncommon practice in this country. For this reason, many Chinese men are still smoking. China has a hard stance when it comes to smoking in public which should open greater opportunities for e-cigarette manufacturers. Banning vaping will result in the other way around.
Vaping is safer than smoking. Generally, it is a healthier way to do the habit and satisfy oral cravings than smoking. There’s an increased public awareness about smoking hazards yet the government is thinking of banning vapes. Doing this will leave the people no choice but to continue smoking and the problems of health will continue to rise every year. Vapes can be used as medical devices in the future once legal medical cannabis will pass, even if there’s a slim chance. By helping people get rid of smoking, vapes are the best substitute. Smokers don’t have to suffer from the withdrawal effects of quitting smoking because vaporizers and e-cigarettes can reduce them by first taking e-juices of e-liquids with high nicotine content. Gradually, smokers can reduce the nicotine level to a certain percentage until they finally quit smoking.
Vaporization is the process of producing vapor using vaping devices like vaporizers and vape pens. There are hundreds of flavors invented to address the needs and preferences of smokers, encouraging them to completely leave smoking and resort to a safer and better alternative. Instead of banning vaping, regulation of manufacturing vape products should be prioritized because there are many factories producing fake vaping devices that make the reputation of China negative, most especially in western countries. Hundreds of branded vaporizers are being copied and reproduced, violating intellectual property and trademark laws. In Shenzhen alone, there’s a vaping factory on every corner producing fake vape products.
Suggestions and Propositions of Vapers
There are many vape enthusiasts proposing better options instead of banning vaping. Proper information dissemination or public health education is one of the keys to achieving health goals. This should include identifying the differences between smoking and vaping, how vaping can help quit smoking, and vaping strategies towards successful smoking cessation.
Experts also recommend finding other means to use vapes in a healthier way, like discovering herbs to treat and cure disease like cannabis, eucalyptus, and other plants through inhalation. Yes, vapes can be used as possible medical devices in the future. Research and development is the key. More studies and innovative solutions can be performed to enhance the best features of vapes rather than downgrading them or creating a negative impact and unproven claims about vaping.
Of course, we are respecting the decision of every government. Indeed, vaping should be perceived as a better option and a good invention that people can use positively. Like any other products, vapes can be a source of benefits and drawbacks. It can be abused or misused. That’s why proper information dissemination is the key to let the people know how vapes can help. Vaporizers and e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking. It can save lives as opposed to the negative news about them. Let’s explore more ways to enhance vaping devices for good use.