Save children from toy pods

6 April 2024

By Bangkok Post

The news about “toy pods” — a new type of e-cigarette that is proving popular among young students — might be quite shocking for parents. The lukewarm reaction from the government is more shocking still. 

Health advocacy groups and parents are appalled by the study unveiled late last month by Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Centre (TRC) at the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, about “toy pods” — a popular object of plays among primary schools’ students.

This fifth generation of e-cigarettes comes dressed up like figurines of famous cartoon characters or cute miniatures of toys, food or stationery items. Each one contains up to 5% synthetic nicotine and yields up to 15,000 puffs.

Available in various flavours — watermelon, coca-cola, mint and more — nicotine from e-cigarettes can affect children’s hearts, brain cells, memories, concentration, and respiratory system and can cause seizures and heart failure, according to Dr Vijj Kasemsup, director of the TRC under the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University.

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