The Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) recently introduced an amendment to amend an existing law to permanently ban the use of e-cigarettes in the country.
A LEGAL BASIC NECESSITY TO PROHIBIT THE VAPE
Following the "health scandal" that took place in the United States, many countries are taking drastic measures against the e-cigarette. This is the case of Indonesia or the President of BPOM (Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency), Penny Lukito, said the vape was a health risk to consumers.
« We therefore need a legal basis. Without it, we can not control and prohibit the distribution of e-cigarettes. The legal basis should be drawn from the revised Government Regulation No. 109 / 2012", She said Monday, referring to the existing regulation on tobacco products and distribution of addictive substances.
She also denied claims by an Indonesian vape consumer association that e-cigarettes are safer alternatives to cigarette consumption.
Penny Lukito relies on the World Health Organization (WHO) who had not recommended the use of both addictive drugs as a smoking cessation therapy. according to Indonesian Association of Personal Vaporizers (APVI), the country has about one million active users of e-cigarettes.
The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) for its part also suggested to ban the consumption of e-cigarette following the discovery of two patients suffering from acute lung problems related to the use of these two products in the country.
« The use of e-cigarette may increase the risk of 56% cardiovascular disease, 30% stroke risk and 10% heart problems"Said the IDI in a statement earlier.
In addition to these risks, active uses of the e-cigarette could potentially exacerbate the liver, kidney and immune systems, said IDI, adding that brain problems could also occur in adolescents.
Indonesia's health policy to ban the use of e-cigarettes has placed the country among those who plan to do so after Turkey, South Korea, India, the United States, and the United States. Thailand.