HPA Highlights Dangers of E-cigarettes and Shisha Smoking
In a recent tweet, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) of Maldives issued a strong warning about the risks associated with e-cigarettes and shisha smoking. The HPA emphasized that these products are not safe alternatives to traditional tobacco products, as they still contain nicotine and harmful chemicals that can have detrimental effects on health.
On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, the HPA urged individuals to avoid all forms of tobacco products. They highlighted that e-cigarettes, despite their popularity among young individuals, pose significant health risks due to the presence of nicotine and other harmful substances.
According to the HPA, recent statistics on tobacco use among children aged 13-15 in Maldives reveal concerning figures. Currently, 17.1% of boys and 10.7% of girls in this age group use electronic cigarettes. Furthermore, 3.19% of boys and 1.7% of girls in the same age range are smoking shisha or gudguda.
Additionally, the HPA pointed out that a significant portion of young shisha smokers in Maldives, 14.9%, had tried their first shisha/gudguda before the age of 10 years, indicating early initiation into tobacco use.
The agency's data revealed that, overall, 45.7% of children aged 13-15 in Maldives currently use some form of tobacco product. Boys accounted for 48% of tobacco users in this age group, while girls made up 43.2%.
With these alarming statistics, the HPA stresses the importance of raising awareness about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, shisha, and other tobacco products. It urges parents, educators, and policymakers to take proactive measures to prevent and discourage tobacco use among young individuals, promoting a healthier and tobacco-free future for the nation.
The HPA's message serves as a timely reminder on World No Tobacco Day to prioritize the well-being of individuals and protect them from the harmful effects of tobacco and related products.