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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76-81

Herbal smoke: Next hurricane on horizon


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Pedodontics, Dr HSJIDS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Dr HSJIDS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
3 Sub-Investigator, Department of Community Dentistry and Oral Disease Prevention, Eastman Institute of Oral Health, Rochester, New York, USA

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Archna Agnihotri
Department of Pedodontics, Dr HSJIDS, Panjab University, Chandigarh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_707_20

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Unsupervised marketing strategies of alternative smoke have made the youth fall prey to herbal smoke in the form of herbal cigarettes and hookahs. The easy online access, exotic looks, and flavors; marketed as safer, healthy alternatives, as an aid to quit smoking has made global herbal cigarette and hookah market see soaring sales in the past decade. Various studies have proven their popularity among the youth and minors with perceptions of being safer and smart alternatives. The scientific studies have shown that herbal smoke is as harmful as tobacco smoke. The marketing strategies of smoke industry to capture the minors and young adults could result in another stronger lobby besides tobacco to be dealt with in coming years. This creates an urgent need for the laws to be reviewed and amended keeping in view the changing scenario.


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