WHO Sounds Alarm as New-Age Gateway Devices Grip the Youth: Urgent Action Needed


Posted by Watchdoq Newsportal on December 13, 2023     
Healthcare

In a passionate call to action, Mothers Against Vaping urges immediate steps following WHO's warning on the surge of new-age gateway devices. Concerns heighten as international tobacco companies target school-going children, risking their health and well-being.

Mothers Against Vaping, a collective of concerned mothers combatting the escalating vaping crisis among youth, emphasizes the urgency of effective measures in response to WHO's recent warning. The World Health Organisation cautions against the proliferation of new-age gateway devices, particularly e-cigarettes and vapes, targeting school-going children.

The WHO advocates for the prohibition of vaping in schools due to the persistent targeting of young individuals by the international tobacco industry. A 2023 study reveals alarming respiratory symptoms within 30 days of using electronic cigarettes, sounding the alarm for irreversible health risks.

Dr. Nayam Raja, Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgeon, stresses the global concern of vaping among children, demanding a collective response. International tobacco companies face blame for creating an expandable customer base through modern and sleek products with significant health risks.

Mothers Against Vaping actively engages with schools, providing resources and conducting sessions to combat the growing problem. The WHO echoes the need for immediate action to protect children from dangerous exposure to new-age gateway devices driven by unethical practices.

Despite a decrease in smoking rates, the WHO warns about the surge in new-age tobacco and nicotine products, attributing it to tactics employed by the international tobacco industry. Dr. Abhijit Sarma, Supertindent, Guwahati Medical College and Hospital, emphasizes the threat of a generation becoming addicted to these devices, leading to serious health risks.

Recent studies reveal harmful particulate matter in aerosols from modern gateway devices, raising concerns about lung inflammation, DNA damage, and increased lung cancer risk. The myriad chemicals in these devices, some unidentified, pose significant health risks, penetrating deep into the lungs and causing extensive respiratory damage.

As the battle against new-age gateway devices intensifies, Mothers Against Vaping advocates for education and preventive measures. The call is clear: protect the youth from the detrimental impact of vaping and other new-age gateway devices. It's not just a health crisis; it's a collective responsibility to secure a safer future for our children.