Since 2005, the e-cigarette industry has grown from one manufacturer in China to an estimated US$3 billion global business with 466 brands, a market in which the tobacco industry is taking a greater stake. The report highlights the WHO’s concern about the role of the tobacco industry in this market.
The report strongly advocates for regulation to prohbit the promotion of e-cigarettes to non-smokers and children, ensure claims about the devices are factual and protect existing tobacco regulations from the tobacco industry.
While additional research is needed on multiple areas of e-cigarette use, regulations are required now to address health concerns, in particular for the advertising of devices and their use in outdoor areas.
Download the full report: Electronic nicotine delivery systems WHO report