The Ministry of Education yesterday issued a directive banning the use of electronic cigarettes (vaping) and heated tobacco products (HTPs) in public and private schools nationwide.
The guideline issued by Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said that the use of e-cigarettes/vape and HTP products affects the brain development of children and young people, in addition to increasing the risk of heart disease and pulmonary.
The ministry also ordered all educational institutions to educate students and teachers about the side effects of vaping and PH. All kinds of distribution, circulation and promotion of these products in and around the school campus are also prohibited.
The ministry urged the school administration to work with parents to implement the new directive and report suspects to police and authorities.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has also issued a public notice stating that using e-cigarettes or vaping has been scientifically proven to cause serious health problems, addiction, heart and lung damage, and even death.
The ministry has observed that criminals continue to promote this product on social media claiming that it is a safer product than regular cigarettes, which is illegal and against government guidelines.
The Ministry of Health has urged people, especially young people, to ignore these campaigns and know that using e-cigarettes is harmful to health and society like regular smoking.
Vaping is as dangerous as smoking because the chemicals and nicotine are absorbed by the user’s body and brain. In addition, 99% of e-cigarettes contain nicotine.