The World Health Organisation (WHO) have declared that electronic cigarette devices and their contents should be regulated. This is to ensure that the manufacturers do not make unsupported health claims e.g. e- cigarettes help stop smoking, as there is no robust evidence to suggest this at present. As well as this, some of the chemicals within the liquid that is vaporised are potentially toxic and therefore dangerous to health. On top of this, governing bodies are concerned that children may be tempted to try them and therefore progress onto real cigarettes in the future.
E- cigarettes are controversial at best, and may prove to do more harm than good, so it’s refreshing that the WHO are enforcing certain restrictions for now.
The Guardian, (2014). UN agency calls for e- cigarette regulation. Retrieved 27th August, 2014, from http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/26/e-cigarettes-regulation-united-nations-who-report