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Many brands, such as Velo, Vaporesso, etc, claim that their products do not contain tobacco and this makes them “less harmful.” However, they still contain nicotine, which causes addiction and affects heart, lung and brain function amongst children2. They also contain unregulated chemicals that may cause other harms, especially to growing children.
In Pakistan, there is little to no well-implemented legislation related to smokeless and/or novel tobacco. Without a greater tobacco control policy, we will continue losing lives to these dangerous products disguised as “safer alternatives.”
Vaping and smokeless tobacco control in South Asia: A policy review, Annals of Medicine and Surgery, Volume 81, 2022
Is ‘Velo’ prevalent in Pakistan?, Global Tobacco Control
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