On August 14, the Argentine E-Cigarette Association raised objections to the government’s policy of controlling e-cigarettes, arguing that e-cigarettes are not harmless, but that they reduce the risk of traditional cigarettes by 95% for some people who can’t or don’t want to, quit smoking, according to Argentinean media outlet economists. Therefore, they called for separate control measures and not to equate it with traditional cigarettes.
About one million Argentines are using e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are popular all over the world, not only with people looking for no combustion and low levels of smoky tar but also with people who inhale smokeless tar-flavored atomization.
The use of these products in Argentina is not sanctioned by law, and it is estimated that about 1 million people currently use e-cigarettes in the country.
However, since 2011, the sale, importation, distribution, promotion, and advertising of e-cigarettes have been prohibited under the regulations of the National Agency for Food, Drugs and Medical Technology (ANMAT), (ANMAT) according to the regulations; also, since March 2023, the Ministry of Health prohibited the use of heated cigarette products.
Compared to the inhalation of traditional tobacco, tobacco tar and about 7,000 substances that are toxic to the human body are addictive and may lead to respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and various types of cancers (e.g., lung, laryngeal, pharyngeal, etc.)…
According to statistics published by the Ministry of Health, in Argentina, 22.2% of adults over 18 years of age smoke, and about 45,000 people die from smoking each year (about 14% of deaths).
The impact of tobacco on health causes a series of problems every year: 19,000 cancer diagnoses, 33,000 cases of pneumonia, 11,000 strokes, 61,000 hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease, and more than 100,000 cases of emerging chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Calls for the adoption of a separate control
E-cigarettes formally known as Smoke Tar Electronic Delivery Systems (SEAN) or Smokeless Tar Electronic Delivery Systems (SESN), are battery-operated devices that heat a solution of propylene glycol, glycerin, and possibly a flavoring agent to 250°C to produce an aerosol for the customer to inhale.
In addition, heated cigarette products (PTC) WHO considers as toxic and carcinogenic by heating special tobacco and smoke tar cartridges without burning them. As a result, WHO has stated that PTCs should be regulated as “tobacco-like products” because “there is insufficient data to suggest that they are more harmful than traditional tobacco”.
Concerns about the potential health risks and addictive behaviors of e-cigarettes and PTCs have led Argentina’s Ministry of Health to impose strict controls.
However, the Argentine E-Cigarette Association recognizes that e-cigarettes are not completely harmless, but claims that the risks of e-cigarettes are 95% lower than traditional cigarettes for those who can’t or don’t want to quit.
Therefore, they are calling for separate control measures that do not equate it with traditional cigarettes.
The President of the Juan Facundo Teme Association, who believes that the use of e-cigarettes is stigmatized in Argentina, called on the government to study the regulatory provisions in countries such as the United Kingdom and asked “Why is a ban the only option in Latin America?