WHO is “misleading” over dangers of e-cigarettes, say experts

A team of experts have challenged the recent WHO study on e-cigarettes, claiming the report was “misleading”.

In an article recently published in the journal Addiction, a team of experts have suggested that the World Health Organisation (WHO) is “misleading” the public over the dangers of e-cigarettes.

The article responds to a report recently published by WHO that called for a ban on e-cigarettes in public places due to the dangers of their ingredients. The experts deemed the overly-negative view of the WHO report ‘alarmist’ and supported the use of e-cigarettes to help save lives.

Professor Ann McNeill, lead author from the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London, said: “We were surprised by the negativity of the commissioned review, and found it misleading and not an accurate reflection of available evidence”.

Professor McNeill said that while there was little long-term evidence, e-cigarettes were “much safer” than their conventional counterparts.

The message was echoed by Professor Peter Hajek, co-author from the Tobacco Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London. He said, as compared to cigarettes, the e-cigarette is “orders of magnitude safer, poses no risk to bystanders, and generates negligible rates of use among non-smoking children who try it.”

A separate study, produced by a team at University College London, claimed that more than 6,000 lives could be saved for every million smokers who switched to e-cigarettes.

There has been no response from the WHO yet.