Ministry of Health issues guidelines to prevent the use of e-cigarettes

Concerned about the growing use of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) among young Cambodians and the health risks these products pose, the Ministry of Education on Friday issued guidelines to prevent the sale and use of these products in public and private educational establishments. .

According to the ministry’s directive issued by Minister Hang Chuon Naron, the guidelines aim to prevent the use of e-cigarettes and HTPs as they are dangerous to people’s health and pose a risk of heart and lung disease and long-lasting impact. term on brain development. in children and young people.

The ministry has issued guidelines for educators and students on the effects of e-cigarettes and HTPs to all teaching units under the ministry in the capital and provinces of public and private institutions.

The ministry strictly prohibits the use, distribution and advertising of these products in and around schools and campuses.

The ministry has also instructed all relevant educational units to work with parents, guardians, educators and students of students to identify e-cigarette and HTP distribution sites and report the location to authorities for legal action. .

Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said on Friday that e-cigarettes contain high levels of nicotine, which is highly addictive and seriously harms people’s health.

“The Ministry of Health has banned the import and use of such products such as hookahs and e-cigarettes in Cambodia,” he said.

Mom Kong, director of the Cambodian Health Movement (CMH), said sales of e-cigarettes and hookahs target the 9-25 age group.

He said the Health Ministry issued a directive banning the import and use of such products in 2014.

He added that although the government has placed restrictions on these products in Cambodia, they are openly used by students and other young Cambodians.

Aron M. Newman