WHO: No ban on e-cigarettes

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

ELECTRIC cigarettes (e-cigarettes) can remain in the market, for now, as the World Health Organization (WHO) has yet to issue its findings on whether there is a need to impose a ban on the product.

“There are a lot of studies and researches being done on e-cigarettes right now and WHO is looking in all of this. But until we gather all evidence on this, we can’t make any comment on e-cigarette,” said WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Julie Hall.

E-cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (Ends) are battery-powered cartridges that deliver nicotine-laced inhalable vapor to the lungs after one end of a plastic or metal cylinder is placed in the mouth like a regular cigarette.

Marketers claim that Ends help smokers in their vice cessation efforts.

Hall said they are concentrating on gathering all available studies and evidence that will help them decide how to treat e-cigarettes.

“Most important thing is we get together, so that we can really understand whether it helps people quit smoking or not,” said Hall. (HDT/Sunnex)

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