Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are devices, often resembling cigarettes, cigars or pipes, designed to deliver nicotine or related substances to users in the form of a vapor.
Over the last few years, these products have enjoyed a boom in popularity in Asia, largely due to being viewed as harm reduction tools when compared to combustible cigarettes and promoted for their safety, convenience and cost-effectiveness over traditional tobacco products. Because of the lack of clinical research on e-cigarettes, many public health organizations and policymakers are concerned about their safety and health impact on users. Also, because many Asian governments have yet to implement regulations around these products, e-cigarettes are manufactured without regulatory oversight or quality controls, and promoted and advertised broadly without legal age restrictions.
While some Asian countries have simply chosen to ban e-cigarettes altogether, mostly as a panic reaction caused by hype and misguided scientific studies. Although, there is a growing number of Asian governments that are now taking reasonable steps to regulate the sale, marketing and use of e-cigarettes to protect the health of users, reduce youth exposure to nicotine and tobacco products, and promote enforcement of tobacco-free laws.
In light of the current situation the Asian Vape Association is dedicated to educating the public and government officials about financial and public health benefits offered by vapor products.
Also we hope to provide resources on e-cigarettes, as well as options and considerations for communities and policy makers to consider when drafting or implementing laws or policies that regulate e-cigarettes.