The WHO (World Health Organization) head has reportedly branded e-cigarettes “harmful” as he called for their greater regulation in order to protect teenagers and children. The United Nations agency has recommended governments to introduce measures for the prevention of non-smokers from commencing the use of vapes.
The organization further added that such products are often marketed to children and adolescents using a range of flavors that can hook these young people on nicotine.
According to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO, nicotine is extremely addictive. Further, electronic nicotine delivery systems are harmful in nature, and must be regulated in a better manner. Ghebreyesus also added these systems are not banned, governments should take on apt policies for protecting their people from the damage of electronic nicotine delivery systems, and for the prevention of their uptake by adolescents, children, and other vulnerable groups.
As per sources, experts have accused the World Health Organization of failing to understand the basic difference between being addicted to nicotine and a deadly tobacco addiction. The World Health Organization has warned that vapes and e-cigarettes, that simulate the feeling of smoking, could act as a “gateway” to the consumption of tobacco.
The agency also stated that, as per a global systematic review, adolescents and children utilizing e-cigarettes are more than twice as likely to later make use of conventional cigarettes. The United Kingdom has banned the sale of e-cigarette products to those under the age of 18. However, as recommended by a recent report on vaping in England, the enforcement of age-of-sale regulations for smoking and vaping needs to be improved.
As stated by Dr. Derek Yach, the President of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, the World Health Organization’s approach to tobacco control is fundamentally flawed. Yach further asserted that the exceptional growth of the next generation devices provides the UN agency with a real opportunity for tackling combustible consumption once and for all.