According to Helsinkitimes, the World Medical Association (WMA) once again emphasized the World Health Organization (WHO)'s warning on the risks of e-cigarette products. This warning corresponds to the global popularity of e-cigarettes, especially among young people, and the lack of corresponding controls in many countries.
According to the latest reports, the World Medical Association (WMA) has issued a serious warning about the dangers of e-cigarettes and e-cigarettes based on the concerns of the World Health Organization (WHO). Notably, this warning comes against the backdrop of the growing popularity of e-cigarettes around the world, especially among young people, and the serious under-regulation of it in many countries.
WMA President Professor Lujain Alqodmani stressed the urgent need for government action to protect children and young people. She pointed to the alarming situation reported by the WHO that 88 countries do not have a minimum age limit for purchasing e-cigarettes, while 74 countries do not have effective regulations on these harmful products.
As one of the few countries that actively monitors youth e-cigarette use, the United States recently released worrying data through a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey found that 27.9% of high school students (grades 9-13) use tobacco products, with e-cigarettes being the most popular choice at 22.6%. This trend may mirror what is happening in many other countries.
Earlier this year, the World Medical Association issued a revised statement on e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems, calling for greater protection of children and adolescents. Professor Alkodemani said: "These products must be considered harmful, not safe. We must ban the sale, marketing, distribution and provision of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to children and young people."
The World Medical Association calls on all localities to regulate e-cigarettes in accordance with the regulations of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and make them subject to smoke-free regulations. This action aims to curb the increase in youth use of e-cigarettes and propose solutions to the public health challenges posed by these products. The association’s stance further strengthens the global consensus for stricter regulation of e-cigarettes to protect public health, especially the health of the younger generation.