In a new report, the United Nations health agency found that electronic cigarettes can damage growing foetuses and impact teenagers’ brains.
The devices have been promoted by manufacturers and even some governments as a safer alternative to smoking.
But in the report, the WHO claimed that there was clear evidence that they are dangerous.
“There is no doubt that they are harmful to health and are not safe,” they said, adding that “it is too early to provide a clear answer on the long-term impact of using them or being exposed to them.”
They cautioned that e-cigarettes are “particularly risky” when used by teenagers.
“Nicotine is highly addictive and young people’s brains develop up to their mid-twenties,” they explained.
“Exposure to nicotine can have long-lasting, damaging effects.”
Vaping also poses serious risks for pregnant women and their foetuses, as well as increasing the risk of heart disease and lung disorders.
The WHO also said that second-hand exposure to vaping fumes is dangerous as they typically contain “toxic substances, including glycol which is used to make antifreeze.”
In the US, more than 50 people have reportedly died as a result of vaping-related illness.
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