E-cigarettes use poses a threat to adolescents and pregnant mothers, says WHO

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World Health Organization

Electronic-cigarettes known as e-cigarettes pose a threat to people's health and efforts  made to discourage adolescents from smoking.

That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO on Tuesday issued a report on regulating e-cigarettes which are marketed by manufacturers as aids to quit smoking, or as healthier alternatives to tobacco.

The agency said that since 2005, the product has created a global industry with 466 brands worth an estimated $3 billion a year.

Douglas Bettcher is Director of Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases at WHO.

"Evidence shows that while they are likely to be less toxic than conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes use poses threats to adolescents and fetuses of pregnant mothers using these devices. E-cigarettes also increase the exposure of non-smokers and bystanders to nicotine and a number of other toxicants, the report indicates, and existing evidence also shows that e-cigarettes aerosol is not merely, as is often quoted, water vapour." (29")

The report on "Electronic nicotine delivery systems" (ENDS) will be discussed at a tobacco control conference scheduled to be held in Moscow in October.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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