WHO Pushing for Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

WHO Pushing for Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

WHO Pushing for Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for stricter regulations on electronic cigarettes, including a ban on indoor use, and advertising and sales to minors.

According to a report on e-cigarettes, the WHO believes that e-cigarettes and similar devices could pose a threat to public health. E-cigarettes use battery powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced vapor; sales of these products has exponentially increased over the past two years.

Unfortunately, their novelty means there is a lack of long-term scientific information on how it can impact a users health. The European Union has agreed to requirements on advertising and packing e-cigarettes while the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed banning sales to anyone under 18, but has made no mention of controlling advertising.

There are approximately 466 brands of e-cigarettes, a number that continues growing. The WHO is recommending several regulatory options such as banning vending machines in most locations and preventing e-cigarette manufacturers from making claims that e-cigs could help people quit smoking, until there is evidence of such information.

Another concern of the WHO is that e-cigarettes may tempt children and teens with flavors ranging from bubblegum to bacon. E-cigs could also pose a threat to fetuses of pregnant women as well.

The report by the WHO will be debated by member states at a meeting in October.

The FDA has proposed a rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover additional products, such as e-cigarettes. The administration notes that consumers do not know how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are in the products nor are they informed about the potential risks of e-cigs when used as intended.

The FDA has received voluntary reports of adverse events involving e-cigarettes. These adverse events described instances in which consumers were hospitalized for pneumonia, congestive heart failure and seizures allegedly linked to the use of e-cigarettes.

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