News 28 February 2021

Open vaping with e-cigarettes could be banned

28 February 2021

The World Health Organisation has recommended an open vaping ban which would affect 2.4 million regular users.

The open vaping system which allows users to manually refill their vape liquid has been criticised as it potentially allows smokers to add harmful substances to their devices which could impact their health.

In their latest statement, the WHO said, ‘”E-cigarettes increase the risk of heart disease and lung disorders. They pose significant risks as they can damage the growing foetus. They also expose non-smokers to nicotine and other harmful chemicals.

“They are particularly risky when used by adolescents. Nicotine is highly addictive and young people’s brains develop up to their mid-twenties.”

When asked if e-cigarettes were more harmful than standard cigarettes, the WHO said “This depends on a range of factors, including the amount of nicotine and other toxicants in the heated liquids, but we know that e-cigarettes pose clear health risks and are by no means safe.”

E-cigarettes are often promoted as a healthier alternative to traditional tobacco use.

If the government were to act on the World Health Organisation’s plans, the £2 billion industry is sure to be impacted.

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