WHO Advises Indoor Use of E-Cigarettes Be Banned
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning about the indoor use of electronic cigarettes – ban their use inside buildings. The warning comes on fears that e-cigarettes are just as deadly as regular cigarettes.
Health experts warned that even though e-cigarettes release vapor and not smoke, the devices’ chemicals are still polluting the air.
Many smokers have turned to e-cigarettes (formally known as electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS)) as their way to kick the habit. After all, e-cigarettes can give them the nicotine they need without the nasty carcinogens that come from breathing in the cigarette smoke. Currently, there is no ban on using them inside buildings.
What’s The WHO Report Says
However, the WHO report questions e-cigarettes’ safety.
According to the report, even though the levels of exhaled aerosol is lower than the toxins emitted from combusted tobacco it still should not be permitted for bystanders to be reluctantly exposed to them. And, with more and more people using e-cigarettes, the amount of exhaled aerosol is expected to rise beyond acceptable levels. This means the chance of disease in bystanders is also going to increase. This is especially true for ENDS that generate toxic levels that rival regular cigarettes.
The report is making the recommendation that e-cigarette manufacturers not market e-cigs as the “go-to device to stop smoking” until they deliver powerful scientific evidence that can prove this claim.
It added that the effectiveness of this device to quit smoking has not been fully investigated, despite the fact that subjective reports suggests many ENDS users have ended stopped smoking with the aid of electronic cigarettes. It said few studies have been looked at to determine if ENDS use is an effective way in which to stop tobacco use.
The organization also made two other suggestions:
What Do Health Officials Say About the WHO report?
Health officials from around the world applaud this report.
Faculty of Public Health Professor John Ashton said the majority of adult smokers begin the habit before they turn 18 – a big reason why public health officials are worried that electronic cigarette advertisements will make the habit appear normal and smoking a good thing… when it’s not!
He said it’s not known what the dangerous and side effects are of e-cigarette use, and it could be years before any is known.
Experts Appeal to WHO, Falls On Deaf Ears
However, a recent scientific review, looking at 81 e-cigarette studies, found the devices did not cause more harm than smoking.
It looks as if WHO has ignored experts’ pleas to fight against the impulse to regulate and subdue e-cigarettes.
In a letter going back to May, more than 50 public health specialists and researchers said too many guidelines and labeling them as tobacco would do more harm than good because the devices are a tremendous health invention.
Professor Gerry Stimson of Knowledge-Action-Change and Imperial College London, said WHO is picking and choosing what science to use in making its determination. He claims the organization is over-embellishing the hazards associated with e-cigarettes and not playing up the possibility they can have on ending the tobacco-related illnesses.
WHO, Stimson said, asserts the devices are a public health threat but has no evidence to back up the claim. He said the organization has ignored the significant amount of people who have used them to quit smoking entirely or reduce their smoking amount.
According to Action on Smoking and Health, the organization would not back plans to include e-cigarettes into their smoke-free laws.
Hazel Cheeseman, who works for the charity, said no evidence has been provided of harm being done to bystanders, and that smokers who use electronic cigarettes have been able to drastically cut their health risks and quit the bad habit altogether.
A spokesman for the Department of Health said the organization is already looking to change the law to ban e-cigarette sales to children 18 and younger.
Article Posted: 29/10/2014 01:00:01
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