Nipping it in the bud (Indian Express)
Mains Paper 2: Health
Prelims level: E-cigarette
Mains level: Measures taken towards smoking related issues and problems
- The “ban on e-cigarettes is symptom of a larger malaise governing by the
brute force of a hammer when the subtlety of a scalpel is required”.
- We disagree.
- The ban is targeted at removing a cancer that was threatening the life
of unsuspecting users.
Problems with smoking related diseases
- Smoking-related diseases rank among the greatest public health problems
of the last century.
- Smoking, it is feared, will kill around a sixth of the world’s
population in the 21st century.
- Commerce, social factors and the absence of state regulations play
important roles in people getting hooked to tobacco. However, there are
- As per the second Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016, India has seen the
steepest decline in tobacco consumption (17 per cent) in any part of the
- There could be several reasons for this, but certainly not because
e-cigarettes, “offer a path to quitting” to older smokers.
- E-cigarette is a nicotine containing device that is owned or promoted by
the cigarette industry. The basis of e-cigarette promotion was its safety
vis-a-vis conventional cigarettes.
- E-cigarettes are claimed to contain nicotine minus the carcinogens in
- However, nicotine is even more addictive than cocaine. Currently, there
is no treatment for nicotine addiction.
- Moreover, nicotine even in its pure form is potentially carcinogenic. A
dose of 30-50 mg of nicotine can kill an adult human.
- Till date, there is no conclusive evidence that e- cigarettes prove
beneficial in quitting cigarettes.
- On the contrary, it is known that among those who use e-cigarettes to
stop smoking, 25 per cent use along it with cigarette and 75 per cent
continue to use it even after quitting smoking.
- An e-cigarette, even if it’s proved to help people quit smoking, is a
far more expensive proposition compared to medically-approved methods.
- Fears that the end users will not be conventional cigarette users but
youngsters who are the prime targets of the e- cigarette industry are not
- The country is struggling to control multiple addictions tobacco, pan
masala, alcohol, cannabis among the youth.
- The government’s decision to ban e-cigarettes is the way forward towards
an addiction-free society.
Q.1) Bharat 22 is the second ETF (Exchange Traded Fund launched by the
Government of India. Consider the following in this regard:
1. ETF’s are more liquid than mutual funds as they can be sold quickly on
2. Bharat 22 comprises of 22 stocks and is managed by SBI Blue-chip Fund.
3. It gives highest sector wise weightage to energy.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2 only
(d) 2 and 3 only
Q.1) What is E-cigarette? Do you think the government’s decision to ban
e-cigarettes is the way forward towards an addiction-free society? Elucidate.