The Jerusalem post is reporting that the World Health Organization has released a report that claims e-cigarettes are a “major public health risk”.
The report, released Tuesday, says that e-cigarette use is associated with lung cancer and other diseases.
But it also warns that “e-cigarettes, including their use by individuals with tobacco use disorders, are not safe.”
The report says that “the evidence is inconclusive regarding the carcinogenic effects of e-cigs and the potential for their use as an alternative to smoking.”
It also says that there are many e-cig users who would prefer to use other tobacco products such as tobacco and cigars.
The report also says there is a lack of research to evaluate the risks associated with e-tobacco and other tobacco use, and that there is “no evidence to support the use of e of cigarettes in developing countries.”
The WHO report came on the heels of a report released by the World Economic Forum.
The foundation said that e cigs could be a gateway to nicotine use and that they should be banned in developing nations.
The WEO report says the use and addiction of e cigarettes in Africa is a growing public health problem and that “these devices can be used to circumvent the prohibition on tobacco cigarettes in the EU and other countries.”
While the WHO report says e-liquids “have been widely used in some developing countries,” it also says “their use in developing areas is not regulated in a way that prevents tobacco sales or marketing in developing economies.”
It recommends that the WHO commission a study on the safety of e cigs.
“The WHO recommends that it work with other countries to develop a national tobacco control strategy to control tobacco use,” the report said.
The WHO’s report comes on the same day that the European Union said it will begin to regulate e-Cigarettes.
The European Commission said Tuesday that it will adopt a regulatory framework that will make it “easier to regulate the use, sale, distribution and use of electronic cigarettes.”