Recommendation to Ban Smoking E-cigarettes in Public Places

by Savitha C Muppala on  June 8, 2013 at 7:06 AM Child Health News   - G J E 4
The Italian health ministry's top advisory body has recommended a ban on the smoking of electronic cigarettes in public places and their sale to pregnant women and minors.
 Recommendation to Ban Smoking E-cigarettes in Public Places
Recommendation to Ban Smoking E-cigarettes in Public Places

The recommendation by the ministry's Superior Health Council came after France's Health Minister Marisol Touraine said she was planning simiar restrictions.

"Smoking an e-cigarette is smoking," she stated.

E-cigarettes contain an electronic inhaler that vaporises a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking, and are marketed as a tool to help smokers quit tobacco.

Although the devices are considered safer than smoking, doctors continue to debate the possible impact of some of the vapours' ingredients - including propylene glycol, which irritates airways, and formaldehyde, which is known to raise lung and nasal cancer risk.

Doctors argue that more research is needed on e-cigarettes and their opponents also claim there is evidence they encourage children who have tried them to "graduate" to smoking real cigarettes.

Several countries have already outlawed e-cigarettes including Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and Singapore.

Source: IANS

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