A report commissioned by the [b]World Health Organisation (WHO)[/b], which called for e-cigarettes to be banned in public places and workplaces, has been criticised as misleading by a group of UK tobacco and addiction specialists, reports [s]Medicinenet[/s]. The WHO report says use of e-cigarettes could increase levels of toxins and nicotine in the air. But experts say the evidence behind the WHO report is riddled with errors, misinterpretations, and misrepresentations. Furthermore, they say, it could persuade policymakers to ignore the potential public health benefits of e-cigarettes.
The public health community is split between those who are concerned that e-cigarettes may prove a stalking horse for the tobacco industry to re-normalise smoking and those who think they are a powerful smoking cessation aid, reports [s]The Guardian[/s]. Professor Robert West and Dr Jamie Brown from [b]University College London[/b] claim that for every million smokers who switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes, over 6,000 premature deaths would be prevented in the UK every year.