How Tobacco Consumption Affects Users’ Risk Profile – General Secretary of the Indonesian Personal Vaporizer Association (APVI), Garindra Kartasasmita, explained that how to consume tobacco, whether heated or burned, apparently affects the risk profile of consumers, quoted from AMONG.

“The main problem with cigarettes is how to consume tobacco by burning it, which poses many risks for users. It is worth noting that tobacco is just a plant. So back to using it,” said Garin, Garindra’s nickname, in his statement on Thursday (23/6).

With the development of technology and innovation, Garin continued that there are now alternative tobacco products such as e-cigarettes, heated tobacco products, and nicotine pouches, which based on several studies in various countries have a lower health risk profile than cigarettes.

“Alternative tobacco products do not produce smoke, this needs to be understood by many parties,” said Garin.

Alternative tobacco products have a lower health risk profile than cigarettes because they apply a heating system in their use, such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. Garin explained that the result of the heating system is in the form of steam, not smoke like in cigarettes.

“Tests abroad have been carried out in a closed room and prove that alternative tobacco products are lower risk than cigarettes,” he said.

Apart from having a lower risk for users, alternative tobacco products also do not create second or third hand-smokes. This does not happen because the result of using alternative tobacco products is steam, so it does not produce ash, smoke, and odors that stick.

With these facts, Garin believes that alternative tobacco products can be an option for adult smokers who want to switch from their habit. The product is a way that can minimize risk for adult smokers who still want to get nicotine.

“The best option is to quit smoking. But for those who have difficulty quitting, alternative tobacco products are one of the most effective ways at this time to reduce the risk of smoking, a powerful substitute, both for themselves and the environment,” he said.

One of the results of scientific studies that prove alternative tobacco products are lower risk to health than continuing to smoke is research from Public Health England, a division of the Department of Health and Social Services in the UK which is updated annually.

In a scientific study entitled “Evidence Review of E-Cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products” it is stated that alternative tobacco products are up to 95 percent lower risk than cigarettes.


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