Sale of e-cig­a­rette on rise in twin cities

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ISLAMABAD—The sale of Elec­tronic Cig­a­rette is on the rise in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad be­ing an al­ter­nate op­tion for chain smok­ers to quit smok­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey, it was ob­served that e-cig­a­rette may be­come a good source of en­cour­ag­ing smok­ers to­wards pas­sive smok­ing and then com­plete get rid of to­bacco use.

It said that most young smok­ers are re­luc­tant to quit smok­ing in any way but when they have op­tions like e-cig­a­rette then there may be chances to stop smok­ing.

E-cig­a­rettes are gen­er­ally avail- photo by Sul­tan Bashir able in ma­jor mar­kets in Rawalpindi and Islamabad at dif­fer­ent rates.

The typ­i­cal starter kit con­tains the e-cig­a­rette de­vice, a bat­tery, a charger and sev­eral car­tridges. Price de­pends on the man­u­fac­turer, model and style, an e-cig­a­rette user Aftab Quer­shi said.

“I earn a suf­fi­cient amount daily on sale of e-cig­a­rette equip­ment as mostly youth are among those fre­quently visit to my shop,” Ab­bas Ali said.

“I also of­fer a re­fill service as when some­one brought e-cig­a­rette then the users visit to me for re­fill­ing of liq­uid of e-cig­a­rette,” he added.

He said that nico­tine are also avail­able in dif­fer­ent fla­vors such as choco­late, cin­na­mon, straw­berry and even bub­ble gum.

There are also car­tridges that con­tain liq­uid with­out nico­tine, for users who want the sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence of smok­ing with­out its ef­fect.

“Although e-cig­a­rette has also health haz­ard on hu­man be­ings but dur­ing coun­selling ses­sions of to­bacco users this source could be used in a pos­i­tive way,” Dr Tariq Mah­mood told APP.

He said that while in­tro­duc­ing e-cig­a­rette as al­ter­nate of cig­a­rette one thing keep in mind that the users should also be well aware of its neg­a­tive im­pact on hu­man health in long time use.

In­stead of smoke, the in­ven­tor, Hon Lik, a Chi­nese chemist and en­gi­neer, found a sub­sti­tute in vapour in 2003. The e-cig­a­rette holds a bat­tery, a va­por­izer and a car­tridge filled with liq­uid nico­tine. Tak­ing a drag heats the liq­uid, turn­ing it into a nico­tine-filled vapour. When any­one in­hales the nico­tine it di­rectly goes to lungs and when any­one ex­hales, it looks like smok­ing a reg­u­lar cig­a­rette, but there’s no smell, be­cause noth­ing is burn­ing and there is no to­bacco, tar or car­bon monox­ide.—APP

Act­ing High Com­mis­sioner of Canada Stu­art Sav­age called on Ad­vi­sor to Chair­man PTI, Head of Pub­lic Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee Dr Shahzad Waseem at his res­i­dence.—PO

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