The E-cigarette Epidemic:  Unveiling the Alarming Rise Among Vietnam’s Youth 

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 Today, we shine a spotlight on a concerning trend that has caught our attention: the increasing use of E-cigarette Epidemic among young people in Vietnam. 

Back in the 2010s, e-cigarettes started making their way into Vietnam. However, the 2012 Law on Tobacco Harm Prevention and Control in Vietnam did not specifically address e-cigarettes, as they were not widely used at the time. Traditional cigarettes still dominated the market.

The truth is, whether they are traditional or electronic, both types of cigarettes pose unforeseen dangers. According to information from the Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Harm Prevention Fund, at least 60 chemical compounds have been found in e-cigarette liquids. These e-liquids contain substances such as glycerin and propylene glycol. When heated and vaporized, propylene glycol can form propylene oxide, a known carcinogen.

Currently, e-cigarettes in Vietnam are not officially licensed for sale, but there are no strict regulations banning their use or providing age restrictions. On social media platforms or through internet searches using keywords like “e-cigarettes,” “vape,” or “iqos,” hundreds of results pop up. Customers can easily choose their preferred product, click a button, make the payment, and have it delivered to their doorstep within 30 minutes.

Recently, there has been an alarming increase in the number of students using e-cigarettes. However, some individuals still perceive e-cigarettes as mere technological products, unaware of their addictive and harmful nature.

According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, the percentage of 13 to 15-year-olds using e-cigarettes in 2022 was 3.5%, higher than the 2.6% reported in 2019.

Not only has the overall number of students using e-cigarettes increased, but more female students are also regularly using them. Three out of ten vaping are female.

Activists have proposed a stricter laws & regulations over the e-cigarettes. The main focus is on raising awareness and advocating for a complete ban on these products.

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