Vaping must be recognized as an effective tool for reducing the risks of smoking, according to addiction professionals.
Steam is better than smoke, believes the federation of addiction professionals. It therefore calls for a reorientation of tobacco policy in Switzerland. The federation is taking advantage of the consultation that will open shortly on the Tobacco Products Act to lay down its requirements.
Until now, the prevention policy has been geared towards abstinence. On Tuesday, representatives of addiction professionals asked to complete it with a pillar of harm reduction.
The legal framework must be adapted according to the dangerousness for tobacco products and its derivatives, such as e-cigarettes or snus. Vaping must be recognized as a risk reduction tool, says the federation. Nicotine liquids must be authorized for sale.
Smokers should be encouraged to go from smoke to vaping, say the professionals. Consumption patterns where tobacco is not burned are less harmful and could reduce the number of deaths. Every year 9500 people die because of their smoking.
The e-cigarette is 95% less dangerous than the cigarette according to specialists. Vaping does not emit harmful substances released during the burning of tobacco or cannabinoids. And consumers have access to the nicotine they need. Nicotine addiction is not the cause of death, but tar, remember professionals. The alternatives, vapotage, snus or nicotine gums, protect the health of the smoker and that of his direct entourage.
The number of alternative consumers is increasing in Switzerland. About 15% of the population would have already vaped once in their life, according to the Swiss monitoring of addictions of 2016, especially in those under 35 years.
But vaping remains in the shadows. According to the federation, it lacks a clear regulation. The positive effects of this form of consumption therefore remain marginal. Professionals demand a coherent policy, regulation, taxation and prevention action that reflects the differences in risks for consumers.
They also want the Confederation to launch independent research projects on the effects of vaping and snus. The population must be informed in a transparent way and be aware of the undesirable effects of these modes of consumption. (Ps / nxp)
source : Tdg.ch