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E-cigarette hazard, need monitoring: WHO


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

The World Health Organization WHO wants E-cigarette ( electronic cigarettes) to be supervised because it is definitely dangerous, and warns about the use of vape products by smokers who want to quit smoking.

The popularity of E-cigarette, a device powered by battery that allows users to inhale nicotine-causing addiction, raises concerns among policymakers around the world who consider it as a new door addictive to the young.

Although vape exposes consumers to lower levels of toxins than smoking, the WHO said the device still provides health risks to consumers.

“Although the specific level of risk associated with the electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) has not been consistently estimated, ENDS is definitely dangerous and should be subject to monitoring,” the WHO said in a new report on the global smoking outbreak.

There is also evidence that is not strongly supporting its claims of efficacy in helping smokers who try to quit smoking.

“In most easily accessible countries, the majority of E-cigarette users continue to use the material and cigarettes simultaneously, which have no impact on the risks and health effects,” the report said.

The leading tobacco companies have been aggressively marketing E-cigarettes and tobacco over the years to find new customers.

They say, such products are less dangerous than regular cigarettes and can help smokers turn to alternative safer.

Read also: WHO announces latest list of essential medicines for diseases

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