Electronic cigarette: the false good idea?

On the forums, the rumor runs… Electronic cigarette would be the miracle solution to stop smoking! This is at least suggest several companies marketing these products. But in turn, French and the World Health Organization health authorities recommend the utmost caution.

Electronic cigarette reproduces the shape and feel of a conventional cigarette. Found inside this small feat of miniaturization: a battery, a microprocessor, a sprayer and a cartridge designed to be sprayed with a liquid that may contain nicotine or the aromatic substances of food additives or artificial flavourings. Each puff, the liquid mixed with the inspired air is broadcast in the form of steam, that reproduced the smoke from a cigarette, and is inhaled by the user.

Electronic cigarette

WHO has never guaranteed electronic cigarettes

Companies marketing electronic cigarettes generally describe them as a way to help smokers to get rid of their dependence on tobacco. Some have even been up to suggest that the World Health (who) organization considered this technique as legitimate as nicotine (gum, lozenges and patches to nicotine).

A deposit yet no official who has never paid to1electronic cigarette. “Who has no scientific evidence to confirm the safety and efficacy of the product. Companies who market it should immediately remove their sites web and other information material any indication suggesting who considers these cigarettes as an effective and secure way to stop smoking (…) The electronic cigarette has not been proven as therapy nicotine replacement”said Dr. Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-general responsible for the non-communicable diseases and mental health at who.

Electronic cigarette: not proven!

WHO does not preclude provided the possibility that the electronic cigarette can be useful as a means of weaning. But the only way to know is to perform tests. “Companies marketing the electronic cigarette want to help smokers quit smoking, should always conduct clinical studies and toxicity analyses and operate within a proper regulatory framework” says Douglas Bettcher, acting Director of the Initiative for a world without who’s tobacco. As long as this is not done, who can not consider the electronic cigarette as an appropriate therapy nicotine replacement.

Met on 12-14 November 2008, the Group of the who study on the regulation of tobacco products should examine the particular case of the electronic cigarette.

Electronic cigarette: the more conservative France still

In France, the French Agency of sanitary safety of health products (Afssaps) and the Directorate General of health (DGS) 2 made a first analysis of the potential risks in July 2008. Findings: electronic cigarettes contain chemical substances such as propylene glycol, a solvent for irritancy, or terpene derivatives, which could have an impact in the event of history of epilepsy.

Their conclusion thus differs little from that of the who: “pending further data, and while so far no product of this type does not have an authorization for placing on the market (AMM) or marking, the Afssaps and the Directorate General of health (DGS) recommend great caution users to electronic cigarettes”. In particular, they warned that the use of these electronic cigarettes is to be avoided in women who breastfeed because of the toxicity of certain substances and the absence of data relating to their passage into breast milk.

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