New form of intoxication shouldn’t destroy Young India: PM Modi on e-cigarettes ban2 min read . Updated: 29 Sep 2019, 03:36 PM IST
- Modi said that the scourge and this obnoxious habit should not become rooted in Indian society
- The prime minister urged Indians to quit addiction to tobacco and not to harbour any misconceptions about e-cigarettes
New Delhi: Addictions such as e-cigarettes and tobacco have to be avoided to be a part of Fit India, and the new form of intoxication was banned so that it does not destroy a demographically young country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his latest edition of “Mann ki Baat" on Sunday.
“An e-cigarette is a type of electronic device unlike a typical cigarette. In an e-cigarette, the heating of nicotine-containing fluids creates a type of chemical smoke and this is the pathway through which nicotine is consumed. While we all understand the dangers of common cigarettes, a misconception has been generated about e-cigarettes," said Modi.
Modi also said, “People who consume tobacco are vulnerable to high risk diseases like cancer, diabetes, blood pressure etc. Everyone knows that. Tobacco intoxication occurs due to the nicotine present in it. Brain development is hampered by its consumption during adolescence."
The scourge and obnoxious habit should not become rooted in Indian society, he said.
It is a myth that e-cigarettes pose no danger and like conventional cigarette, it does not spread odour as fragrant chemicals are added to it, according to the prime minister.
“It (conventional cigarette) only causes harm and this even its seller knows. The smoker also knows this fact and so do people around. But the case of e-cigarettes is quite different. There is little awareness among people about e-cigarette. They are also completely unaware of its danger and for this reason sometimes e-cigarettes sneak into the house out of sheer curiosity," he said.
Modi said there is lack of awareness and once teenagers or the youth get caught in its clutches, they become hooked and fall prey to this noxious addiction.
“And our real wealth -the youth become condemned to tread on the path of waste, quite unaware!" Modi said.
“Even if there is a packet of cigarettes in someone’s pocket, the smell can be detected. However, this is not the case with an e-cigarette and many teenagers and young people, unknowingly and sometimes proudly display an e-cigarette as a fashion statement, keep it in their books, in their offices, in their pockets, sometimes hold it in their hands and thus fall prey to it," he said.
Modi urged Indians to quit tobacco and not to harbour any misconceptions about e-cigarettes.
Fit India does not merely mean going to the gym for two hours every morning and evening. All these addictions have to be avoided to be a part of Fit India, he said.