Information Seminar on the Prevention of Gambling Addiction and Vaping

On October 23, 2023, KAFU hosted an information seminar for students on the topic: “Prevention of Gambling Addiction and Preventing the Spread of Vaping among Young People” within the framework of the social project of «The Kazakhstan International Foundation for Legal Cooperation and the State Institution» and “Department of Internal Policy of the City of Ust-Kamenogorsk.”

The Head of the Department of Law and International Relations of KAFU, Professor, PhD Kairat Alembaev addressed the seminar participants with a welcoming speech. In his speech he drew attention to the relevance of the problem of gambling addiction and the abuse of vapes by minors in Kazakhstan.

Doctor of Law Kuat Kh. Rahimberdin made a presentation on the topic: “Problems of Preventing the Use of Vapes and Electronic Cigarettes by Adolescents.” The speaker explained that according to the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan, over the past two years the turnover of vapes in the country has increased 300 times. An interactive map of the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk was also demonstrated, on which 56 vape shops were marked. It was noted that a large number of “disposable products” are sold in Kazakhstan, many of which are counterfeit products. The seminar participants jointly dispelled five myths about vaping. The presenter showed the participants a video prepared as part of the project.

The doctor of the project “Propaganda of Healthy Lifestyle in East Kazakhstan Region — 2023” Aigerim Batyrkhanova made presentations on the topic: “How is Vaping Harmful to Human Health?”. She noted that “nicotine liquid has all the effects of a psychoactive substance, and also disrupts the functioning of the heart, central nervous system and lungs. The diseases of the respiratory system appear: cancer of the larynx, lung, mouth, tongue, lips, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and others.”

The speakers’ performances caused a heated discussion among the participants of the information seminar. KAFU students noted that educational institutions do not have enough information and methodological materials on the problem of gambling addiction and vaping and were glad to receive new information from specialists.

At the end of the seminar, the administration of KAFU expressed the common opinion of all participants in the event that cooperation should continue to prevent gambling addiction and prevent the spread of nicotine-containing products among people under 21.

Department of Law and International Relations