The World Health Organisation is calling for tighter regulations on e-cigarettes – recommending they be banned in public indoor spaces and calling for sales to children to be stopped.
And while evidence indicates they are likely to be less toxic than conventional cigarettes, their use does pose a threat to teenagers and the foetuses of pregnant women using them, according to the WHO.
The call for tougher curbs comes in a long-awaited report.
Lung disease specialist Bertrand Dautzenberg, one of France’s most eminent medical experts on all matters related to smoking, believes the health body’s advice should be taken on board.
“It is the WHO’s role to be cautious – to say to people that this product is not harmless, that this product creates addictions, feeds addictions and that it is a good thing for people who are addicts but it is not a good thing for innocent foetuses in their mother’s womb or children in schools,” he said.
The WHO wants e-cigarette makers to be banned from claiming they can help people quit smoking, without convincing scientific evidence, and suggests solutions with fruit, candy-like and alcohol-drinks flavours be outlawed.