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WHO: Ban E-Cigs Indoors

Posted August 26th, 2014 @ 5:49pm
Posted Tuesday, August 26th 2014 @ 3pm  by Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff

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(NEWSER) – More support for those who think it's too early to jump on the e-cigarette bandwagon: The vapor-producing devices may still pose a threat to users' and bystanders' health, says WHO, which suggests stronger regulations on the relatively new industry in a report released today, reports Reuters.

The health organization also asks for a ban on puffing away on the battery-driven units indoors, as well as on advertising and flavored e-cigs that could lure underage users.

Although e-cigs "are likely less toxic than conventional ones," writes Stephanie Nebehay at Reuters, WHO researchers say that nicotine and other chemicals emitted by e-cigs are still a health hazard, especially for teens and pregnant women. Those chemicals can include formaldehyde, aluminum, and silicate particles, reports the Telegraph.

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