The World Health Organization has published a report today which argues for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes—and calls for a ban on their use indoors.
The report also demands that restrictions be placed on advertising and the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, as well as highlighting the need for regulations on their contents. The news will upset those in the industry and, ironically, the major tobacco companies—which are already taking advantage of the burgeoning $3 billion market.
It's not the first negative reaction to be garnered by e-cigarettes. We've already reported on the fact that e-cigarettes seems to alter cells a lot like tobacco does, and that those arguing that they're perfectly safe are on potentially sticky ground—but there's yet to be a firm consensus reached. Indeed, the new report comes just days after the American Heart Association said that e-cigarettes could be used to help people quit smoking.