WHO strongly calls for global ban on e-cigarettes to protect youth health

WHO strongly calls for global ban on e-cigarettes to protect youth health

According to a Reuters report on December 28, 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently called for a global ban on the use of e-cigarettes in view of the fact that e-cigarettes may cause nicotine addiction and other health problems. WHO emphasizes that e-cigarettes not only affect the users themselves, but may also have a direct impact on the health of non-smokers, especially children and adolescents.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the use of e-cigarettes among adolescents aged 13 to 15 has increased significantly, posing a serious threat to the health of a new generation. Therefore, WHO requires all countries to stop using e-cigarettes in any form.

Relevant experts point out that the use of e-cigarettes may cause inflammation and irritation in the throat, and damage lung function by increasing the activity of proteases in the body to produce excess mucus. Additionally, while the long-term health risks of e-cigarettes are not fully understood, they are known to have adverse effects on brain development and the risk of heart and lung disease in young people.

The Conversation report shows that e-cigarettes contain a variety of flavor chemical components, especially in sweet e-cigarette oils, the content of these harmful chemicals is even more significant. Some additives are toxic to the respiratory tract, such as benzyl alcohol, benzaldehyde and vanillin. E-cigarettes also contain up to 70% tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNA) and other carcinogens, posing a serious threat to users’ health.

Starting from July 2023, 34 countries, including India, Iran, Brazil and Thailand, have introduced regulations banning the use of e-cigarettes. However, most African countries such as Colombia, Pakistan and Mongolia still sell e-cigarettes on the black market.
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