Vaping is a new trend that is now receiving critical attention and analysis from legislators, not only in countries like the United States but here at home as well.
Vaping is the inhaling of vapour created by an electronic cigarette or other vaping devices.
It has become significantly popular in this country with vaping stores and bars popping up in several areas.
But Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi admitted vaping has already gotten out of control in this country and he called it the “Wild West.”
He said preventative measures need to be put in place.
“Tobacco is lawful in this country, how you sell tobacco, how you advertise tobacco, what the warning signals are; these are part of the legislative structure. We need to do the same thing as it comes to vaping, particularly as it is unknown, ” he said.
In the United States vaping has been hot on the agenda and has been widely reported on, especially as it related to the related deaths.
An NBC News article dated September 17th, 2019 reported that seven people died from a “severe lung illness linked to vaping.”
In New York, the New York Times has reported that “Amid a surge of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced on Sunday that he would pursue emergency regulations to quickly ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes.”
The concern by Al-Rawi came at a time when the country is actively discussing the issue of drugs like the “Zesser Pill,” a mixture of cocaine and ecstasy.
In recent times many stakeholders and concerned citizens called for drugs like ecstasy to be banned. The AG said the Government has listened.
“We’ve already done by way of order amendments to make illegal under the dangerous drugs act Crystal Meth. Crystal Meth can be produced by common arrangements using over the counter drugs etc. Similarly, for the first time in this country brought under the dangerous drugs act what is known as ecstasy.”
Only yesterday the Police Service said it was making moves to have legislation brought to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act to include the misuse to over the counter drugs.
“Lit and Lean (street drugs) can be made by any young person with knowledge of the formula and they could go to any drug store and get the ingredients. You go to pick up cough syrup and one or two other things and mix that and you form your potion and you could get your Lit and your Lean and you haven’t gone to any block or any corner at all.” Sergeant David Swanson, TTPS Public Information Officer.
A similar call was made by Anti-Drug Activist Garth St Clair last week.
But the AG said laws alone won’t solve the problems.
“We in this country respectfully don’t need laws for everything,” Al-Rawi said
He agreed with a suggestion made by St Clair that the implementation of drug education as part of the school curriculum is needed to help curb the drug situation.
“I think he is on to a very proper cord. Certainly, I know it is something the Minister of Education is looking at. We ought not to shy away from these things.”