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E-cigarettes ban stands to reason after study shows more Hong Kong primary school pupils are now vaping

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 October, 2018, 5:45pm
UPDATED : Friday, 19 October, 2018, 5:45pm

As a teenager, I was shocked to read that an increasing number of primary school pupils have tried e-cigarettes. (“Ban e-cigarettes, Hong Kong medical experts say after ‘shocking’ 55 per cent rise in primary schoolchildren trying vaping”, September 28).

I never imagined that primary school pupils would try e-cigarettes because we are all aware that smoking is harmful to our health and is addictive. Also, as the article mentioned, it causes dental problems. Children who already have their permanent teeth will have to live with these problems for their whole lives.

I am pleased that the government has decided to ban e-cigarettes in Hong Kong (“Hong Kong to impose full ban on new tobacco products”, October 9). E-cigarettes contain nicotine and other substances; the effects of inhaling these could be more serious for young people, especially teenagers going through puberty, than for adults and could cause irrevocable harm. As the taste of the e-cigarettes is one of the factors that makes them attractive to teenagers, I hope they will consider the consequences before vaping.

Meanwhile, parents should not let their children try e-cigarettes and they should also act as role models by not smoking themselves.

Jennifer Chik Wing-hei, Tsing Yi