Scientific Evidence on E-Cigarettes For Quitting Smoking is Inconclusive: WHO

In a new report, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the scientific evidence on e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids is inconclusive.

“There are also real concerns about the risk they pose to non-smokers who start to use them, especially young people,” the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2019 states. WHO urged smokers and governments not to trust claims from the tobacco industry about e-cigarettes, Reuters reports.

E-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems “may serve as a gateway to conventional smoking among young people or the renormalization of smoking in society,” the report states.

“WHO has clear guidelines – to get electronic cigarettes regulated,” said Vinayak Prasad, Program Manager of WHO’s Tobacco Control Unit. “And if you are banning it, fine, but if you aren’t banning it don’t let it (go) free in the market, because the young people are taking it up.”

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