Vaping out of control in T&T

Va­p­ing is a new trend that is now re­ceiv­ing crit­i­cal at­ten­tion and analy­sis from leg­is­la­tors, not on­ly in coun­tries like the Unit­ed States but here at home as well.

Va­p­ing is the in­hal­ing of vapour cre­at­ed by an elec­tron­ic cig­a­rette or oth­er va­p­ing de­vices.

It has be­come sig­nif­i­cant­ly pop­u­lar in this coun­try with va­p­ing stores and bars pop­ping up in sev­er­al ar­eas.

But At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi ad­mit­ted va­p­ing has al­ready got­ten out of con­trol in this coun­try and he called it the “Wild West.”

He said pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures need to be put in place.

“To­bac­co is law­ful in this coun­try, how you sell to­bac­co, how you ad­ver­tise to­bac­co, what the warn­ing sig­nals are; these are part of the leg­isla­tive struc­ture. We need to do the same thing as it comes to va­p­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly as it is un­known, ” he said.

In the Unit­ed States va­p­ing has been hot on the agen­da and has been wide­ly re­port­ed on, es­pe­cial­ly as it re­lat­ed to the re­lat­ed deaths.

An NBC News ar­ti­cle dat­ed Sep­tem­ber 17th, 2019 re­port­ed that sev­en peo­ple died from a “se­vere lung ill­ness linked to va­p­ing.”


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