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Friday, October 17, 2008

Electronic cigarettes poisonous

The World Health Organisation warned that so-called "electronic cigarettes", which claim to be a nicotine replacement therapy, could in fact prove highly poisonous. "It's 100% false to affirm this is a therapy for smokers to quit," WHO anti-tobacco official Douglas Bettcher told journalists. "There are a number of chemical additives in the product which could be very toxic," he warned. Electronic cigarettes are usually made of stainless steel and have a chamber for storing liquid nicotine in various concentrations. Users puff on them as they would a real cigarette but do not light them - rather the cigarettes produce a fine, heated mist which is absorbed into the lungs.

"Manufacturers of this electronic cigarette around the world have included WHO's name or logo, for example on their website, on package inserts or on advertisements," Bettcher said, without naming any company or manufacturer. The electronic cigarette was first developed in China in 2004, and is now sold in several other countries including Brazil, Britain, Canada, Finland and Turkey.,48032.asp

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