Governor Chadchart mandates BMA schools e-cigarette-free

Governor Chadchart

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has pledged to encourage high schools to vape and refrain from smoking.

This campaign seeks to raise awareness about the risks and harmful effects of smoking and vaping, emphasizing the importance of monitoring and preventing youth from becoming addicted to these behaviours.

In anticipation of World Anti-Drug Day on June 26, the BMA and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (THPF) have partnered to launch the 2024 annual anti-drug campaign at the Bangkok City Hall.
It includes displays and talks on the risks of drugs, including electronic cigarette (E-) cigarettes and other such devices that are increasingly in demand among children and teenagers.’ During the discussion, it was revealed that one out of every five students had experimented with e-cigarettes, which is equivalent to 17%. Experts suggest that consuming tobacco can increase the risk of other drug use. The results are similar but different.

E-cigarettes’ appearance has evolved, leading to misunderstandings about their safety. Why? Children and adolescents are at risk of health issues when using nicotine inedible (e-cigarettes), as smoking can cause damage to the brain and lungs, which also weakens lung immunity. In addition, it destroys the lung alveoli, which hinders gas exchange and causes increased fatigue. This has the effect of hardening arteries, poor blood flow, and risk factors such as heart attacks.

Additionally, secondhand vapour from e-cigarettes is harmful. Research shows that non-vapers exposed to e-cigarette vapour have three times the risk of bronchitis compared to those not exposed, even if they do not vape themselves.

According to a study, the risk of bronchitis is three times higher for non-vapers who smoke e-cigarettes than for those who don’t vape.

The addictive nature of vaping does not translate to a successful cessation of traditional cigarettes.
The Ministry of Justice conducted a survey on the health behaviours of 300 youths in 39 centres across the country, which revealed that 95.4 per cent of them, with an average age of 17, smoke cigarettes and 84.5 per cent daily. This was according to research by the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection. Additionally,

Also, 79.3% had consumed e-cigarettes daily, with 30.5% using them every day in total. The data demonstrates that parents, children, and youths must be more conscious of the risks associated with smoking and vaping.

During today’s event, representatives from over 100 schools and 400 students demonstrated that they were smoke-free and drug-erase-free in areas associated with the BMA.

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