It looks like the World Health Organization isn’t buying that electronic cigarettes help people quit smoking and that the vapor the devices emit is harmless. A new report on electronic nicotine delivery systems by the health arm of the United Nations recommends banning the use of the devices in public and a global crackdown on their promotion as a healthier alternative to traditional cancer sticks.
The report’s authors start out by acknowledging that e-cigs “are the subject of a public health dispute among bona fide tobacco-control advocates that has become more divisive as their use has increased.”
Hundreds of cities in the U.S. and three states, North Dakota, New Jersey, and Utah already prohibit e-cigarette use in 100 percent smoke-free venues.
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