Thursday, May 29, 2014

WHO urged not to 'suppress and control' e-cigarettes ~

Calls for the WHO to resist tough regulations on e-cigarettes come
after a leaked document suggested it saw the device as a 'threat'.
Photograph: Richard Coombs/Alamy
"We are also working with national regulatory bodies to look at regulatory options, as well as toxicology experts, to understand more about the possible impact of e-cigarettes and similar devices on health."

Research published last week by West found e-cigarettes can help improve the success rate of people trying to quit smoking by 60% compared with nicotine patches or gum.

But critics say that not enough is known about the long-term effects of the devices, which deliver nicotine in a vapour.

Greg Gutfeld
In the last few months, I've seen several segments on The Five on Fox News Channel where one of the hosts, Greg Gutfeld, had been ranting about various "authorities" who were trying to regulate e-cigarettes. The video you will see below is one of those moments:

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It bothers me that the World Health Organization (WHO) seems to be one of the "authorities" that seems bent on trying to possibly doing harm to a product that could save millions of lives. It is my hope that they take the research discussed in this story very seriously. Greg Gutfeld isn't going to shut up about the benefits of the e-cigarettes, and neither will I. Just sayin'...

WHO urged not to 'suppress and control' e-cigarettes
Thursday 29 May 2014, 02.38 EDT

The Guardian (UK)

Public health specialists in the UK have urged the World Health Organisation not to "control and suppress" e-cigarettes as it prepares to publish global guidelines on the devices.

A letter signed by more than 50 researchers and specialists, including Prof Robert West of University College London, said e-cigarettes had the potential to save millions of lives.

It urged the WHO not to impose regulations on the devices in the same way it does with conventional cigarettes.

The global health adviser is preparing to publish recommendations about e-cigarettes to governments later this year.

The letter, seen by the BBC, said: "These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. If regulators treat low-risk nicotine products as traditional tobacco products … they are improperly defining them as part of the problem.

"Regulators should avoid support for measures that could have the perverse effect of prolonging cigarette consumption."

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