WHO clar­i­fies stand on e-cig­a­rettes

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THE WORLD Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) clar­i­fied its stand on e-cig­a­rettes and asked gov­ern­ments to stop man­u­fac­tur­ers from claim­ing that e-cig­a­rettes help peo­ple quit smoking, un­til there is ev­i­dence to support the claim. In its re­port, Elec­tronic Nico­tine De­liv­ery Sys­tems, WHO says it is im­por­tant to im­pede e-cig­a­rette pro­mo­tion and pro­tect ex­ist­ing to­bacco con­trol ef­forts from com­mer­cial and other vested in­ter­ests of the in­dus­try. Since 2005, the e-cig­a­rette in­dus­try has grown from one man­u­fac­turer in China to an es­ti­mated US $3 bil­lion global business with 466 brands, a mar­ket in which the to­bacco in­dus­try is try­ing to be a ma­jor player.

CHINKY SHUKLA / CSE

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