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E-cigarettes are harmful to health and are not safe. They are particularly risky when used by adolescents. Nicotine is highly addictive & young people’s brains develop up to their mid-twenties. Exposure to nicotine can have long-lasting, damaging effects. http://bit.ly/2GbATpo
E-cigarettes increase the risk of heart disease and lung disorders. For 🤰🏻, they pose significant risks as they can damage the growing fetus. They also expose non-smokers to nicotine and other harmful chemicals. https://t.co/S8ZHoux45
The liquid in e-cigarettes can burn skin and rapidly cause nicotine poisoning if swallowed or absorbed through the skin. There is a risk of the devices leaking, or of children swallowing the liquid. The liquid is also highly flammable.
Q: Do e-cigarettes cause lung injuries? A: There is growing evidence to show that e-cigarettes use could cause lung damage. At least 6 countries have initiated investigations to identify cases of lung injuries related to e-cigarettes use http://bit.ly/2GbATpo
Q: Are e-cigarettes more dangerous than regular cigarettes? A: This depends on a range of factors, including the amount of nicotine and other toxicants in the heated liquids, but we know that e-cigarettes pose clear health risks and are by no means safe. http://bit.ly/2GbATpo
Q: Are e-cigarettes addictive? A: Yes. Nicotine is highly addictive, and e-cigarettes involve the inhalation of a nicotine-infused aerosol. http://bit.ly/2GbATpo
Q: Are secondhand e-cigarettes emissions dangerous? A: Yes. The aerosols in e-cigarettes typically contain toxic substances, including glycol which is used to make antifreeze. E-cigarettes pose risks to users and non-users. http://bit.ly/2GbATpo
Q: Should e-cigarettes be banned? A: E-cigarettes are currently banned in over 30 countries worldwide, with more and more countries considering bans to protect young people. Where they are not banned, they must be regulated.
Regulation on e-cigarettes should: 🔸disrupt the promotion & uptake of e-cigarette products 🔸reduce the potential health risks to e-cigarette users & non-users 🔸prohibit false or unproven claims from being made about e-cigarettes 🔸protect existing tobacco-control effo
Governments should restrict e-cigarettes ads, promotion & sponsorship so young people, other vulnerable groups & non-smokers are not targeted. About 15,000 unique flavours are used in e-cigarettes, incl. flavours designed to attract young people, e.g. bubble gum, cotton candy.
The use of e-cigarettes in indoor public and work places should be banned, given the health risks posed to non-users http://bit.ly/2GbATpo
Taxing e-cigarettes in a similar way to tobacco products offers a win–win for governments by protecting citizens through higher prices that deter consumption http://bit.ly/2GbATpo
Q: Do e-cigarettes help you quit smoking? A: There is not currently enough evidence to support the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation. For tobacco users looking to quit, there are other proven, safer and licensed products.
WHO regularly monitors and reviews the evidence on e-cigarettes and health and offers guidance to governments and the public http://bit.ly/2GbATpo
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