Background: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) first developed in China in 2004are gaining popularity and the number of e-cigarette users is growing rapidly. E-cigarette manufacturers and supporters of the devices argue that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to tobacco smoking, and that they may aid smoking cessation. However, there is currently insufficient scientific evidence to prove their safety and efficacy. Furthermore, at the 5th session of the WHO FCTC Conference of Parties, concerns were raised that ENDs have been aggressively advertised and marketed as imitation or substitute tobacco products and as cessation devices around the world. Parties called for WHO to gather more evidence on whether e-cigarettes are safe, their efficacy as cessation aids, and that they don' t act as a gateway to nicotine addiction for young people. Objectives: The objective of this paper is to discuss health concerns on ecigarettes and to provide an overview of recent responses and regulations made by governments to ensure protection from potential health threats to individuals and populations. It will also examine the different marketing strategies employed by manufacturers in order to highlight the need for regulation of these products. Methodology: Systematic review of existing online information. Results: This paper consolidates existing information and evidence and outlines priorities for research and policy development.
Pratt, A., Su, L., Audera-Lopez, C., Rarick, J., & Mercado, S. (2013). OP018 THE RISE OF E-CIGARETTES: AN EMERGING THREAT TO THE TOBACCO ENDGAME? Respiratory Medicine, 107, S9. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0954-6111(13)70030-1