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WHO calls for ban on e-cigarette use indoors

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5335 (Published 28 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5335
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The World Health Organization has urged countries to introduce tougher regulations on the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) that would include banning use of the devices indoors and preventing their sale to minors.

The organisation has also called for tighter rules on the way e-cigarettes are advertised and for existing tobacco control efforts to be protected from the “vested interests” of the tobacco industry, which is now a prominent player in the e-cigarette market.

The recommendations were contained in a new report1 on electronic nicotine delivery systems—of which e-cigarettes are the most common—which argued that tougher regulation of the devices was in the interest of public health. In the report, WHO said that legal steps should be taken to end the use of e-cigarettes indoors in public places and the workplace, citing …

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