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The Circulation of Electric Cigarette in INDONESIA

by on Aug.08, 2010, under Information Lifestyles

e-cigarettesAs we all know, electric cigarette or known by the dangers of e-cigarette with conventional cigarette in Indonesia have started circulating illegally. However, BPOM could not watch this product because the classification is not yet clear.

Nicotine Electronic Delivery System (ENDS) marketed under various names, including 'Electric cigarettes', 'ecigarro', 'electro-smoke', 'green CIG' and 'smartsmoker'.

This product is claimed to be an alternative for smokers who want to quit smoking. However, this product is basically as dangerous as conventional cigarettes, though no harm to others (there is no passive smokers).

Products manufactured in China for real already circulating in Indonesia is illegal manner. Although if you want to find a bit difficult. Products are usually marketed as 'door to door'.

“Because this product is illegal, then there is no guarantee of this product is healthy or not. And because it is illegal, then BPOM could not do surveillance,” said Dr. Danardi Sosrosumihardjo, Sp.KJ (K), the Director of Drugs Control Agency for Food and Drug Administration (BPOM ), in a media gathering at Kemenkes Building,.

According to Dr Danardi, there is no clear classification of these products, whether including cigarettes, product substitutions, medication or food, so until now, both BPOM and the Ministry of Health has not been able to oversee the circulation of this product.

In addition, for supervising ideally there should be two things, namely any of the content contained in these products and the producers who are responsible for its content. And these products do not have it both terms.

“Until now there has been no country that validate that this is an official product and is allowed to circulate. In some countries, including Indonesia, its circulation is still illegal,” explained Dr Danardi.

However, Dr Danardi confirmed that this product is as dangerous as conventional cigarettes, so that consumers are not fooled by the labels that use the word 'Health', as it turns out this is not a healthy product.

“Everywhere is still illegal, because no one has examined exactly, because every time conducted the research results are always different,” Dr Danardi said.

In some countries such as Australia, Brazil, China, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay have had a ban on cigarette sales and marketing of this electrically.

While in Indonesia, according to data BPOM, electric cigarette is starting to circulate, as in Makassar, Semarang, Lampung, Palembang and Surabaya.

It Proves to us that developing of Technology going to forward, if we see from the effectiveness This electric cigarettes is will be new way. Especially for Engineers to make new technology that can make easy for human being.

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