While electronic cigarettes are being touted as the most effective way of snapping out of smoking addiction, the Italian Health ministry said that they might not be too effective as they too deliver nicotine to the body.
The gadgets often known as e-cigarettes have gain popularity in Italy as well as the U.S.
The Health Ministry report, published Friday, warned that, even if smaller quantities of nicotine are inhaled in this way, there are still serious potential health risks, ABC News reported.
The report also raised the concern that the use of this gadget could lead young people to graduate from these devices to smoking real cigarettes.
Electronic cigarette can be said to be less toxic, but it is not totally innocuous, Roberta Pacifici, director of Italy Observatory on Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use at the National Health Institute, who worked on the report, told an Italian news agency.