New Delhi: Traders’ body CAIT Tuesday asked the Union Health Ministry to set up an expert committee to deliberate on appropriate regulations for electronic cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). ENDS are devices that heat a solution to create an aerosol, which also frequently contains flavours, usually dissolved into propylene glycol and glycerin.In a memorandum to Health Minister Harshvardhan, CAIT said while over the past decade the government has instituted several tobacco control measures, the rate at which smoking prevalence is dropping has remained low. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt said that “tobacco harm reduction” has emerged as a viable solution to reduce this disease burden by substituting the use of combustible cigarettes with lesser harm alternatives like e-cigarettes. “Cigarette smoke exposes smokers to over 400 toxins and 69 known carcinogens, and e-cigarettes, which are an electronic, combustion-free alternative provide users a similar amount of nicotine, without emitting these toxins and cancer-causing chemicals,” it said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsCAIT said that has “been established by public health bodies like the Public Health England” that ENDS are at least 95 per cent less harmful than cigarettes and globally, these products are being used to strengthen tobacco control measures of countries like UK, Canada, and New Zealand The chamber has urged the government to review all aspects of e-cigarettes, including existing global regulation, emerging supporting evidence showcasing relative safety of ENDS in comparison to cigarettes, and the potential of these products to supplement tobacco control measures in Country to reduce overall non-communicable disease burden. “For a holistic view, it would be important to establish an expert member committee to evaluate best practices in terms of regulation and results of scientific studies on ENDS,” CAIT said. CAIT said that the panel should invite the views of all relevant stakeholders in the ENDS ecosystem to achieve a regulatory model that truly balances the risks and benefits of this product class.