Globally, health organizations and governments have raised concerns about the growing trend of vaping among teenagers. In a study by the American Lung Association, vaping was reported to have potentially serious health consequences, including lung disease and even death. However, in India, a significant portion of the youth population remains unaware of these dangers, as revealed by a recent survey conducted by the Think Change Forum (TCF).
The study, part of TCF’s initiative “Ideas for an Addiction-Free India”, spanned across several metro cities, surveying students aged 14 to 17. What it revealed was a shocking truth: 89% of the respondents were oblivious to the harmful effects of vaping, exposing a critical information gap among India’s adolescent population.
The concerning perception of vaping as a harmless or merely “moderately harmful” pastime among 52% and 37% of the surveyed students respectively, highlights the urgency to dispel the misconceptions around vaping. This perspective, unfortunately, echoes a trend seen in a US report from Truth Initiative, which found a similar lack of awareness among American youth.
Sushant Kalra, a renowned Parenting Coach & TEDx Speaker, voiced his concerns on the findings, stating, “It’s alarming to see the degree of ignorance regarding vaping amongst our children. We need to engage educators and parents in a dialogue about the harmful effects of vaping, and it needs to happen now.”