Tobacco (104) Health Policy Watch: E-cigarettes Are a ‘Trap’ to Recruit Children Not Harm Reduction

5 June, 2023

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There is growing evidence that using e-cigarettes doubles the chance of starting to smoke cigarettes later in life for never-smoker adolescents.

Electronic cigarettes are a trap to recruit children, not part of harm reduction, said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the global body’s weekly media conference...

Children are attracted to e-cigarettes and vaping because think that it’s cool, and it comes in different colours and flavours, he added.

“Then they get hooked for life and most actually move into regular cigarette smoking,” said Tedros, who also stressed that e-cigarette and vaping were also harmful to health in themselves.


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