WHO warning on e-cigarettes

The World Health Organisation has warned there is no proof that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit, calling for restrictions on their usage.

In a new report on e-cigarettes and their usage, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reiterated that no evidence yet proves electronic cigarettes can help people to quit smoking and has called for a ban on their use in enclosed spaces.

The WHO report also urged governments to consider banning the sale of e-cigarettes to children and place restrictions on flavours – such as fruit or candy-flavours – that could be attractive to children.

While the team at the WHO acknowledged that e-cigarettes are less harmful than the real counterparts, they warned that the electronic versions could still increase the amount of toxicants and nicotine in the air and thus pose a risk to pregnant women and children.

In response to the report, a Department of Health spokesman said the department was aware of the prevalence of e-cigarettes and “want to make sure they are properly regulated so we can be sure of their safety.”

“We have already set out our intention to change the law to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children under 18.”

“We are also bringing in new European rules to cover lower strength products which will ban most advertising, limit nicotine levels and set standards for ingredients, labelling and packaging.”