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Italy may ban smoking e-cigarettes in public places

Last Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 08:49

Rome: The Italian health ministry`s top advisory body has recommended a ban on the smoking of electronic cigarettes in public places and their sale to pregnant women and minors.

The recommendation by the ministry`s Superior Health Council came after France`s Health Minister Marisol Touraine said she was planning simiar restrictions.

"Smoking an e-cigarette is smoking," she stated.
E-cigarettes contain an electronic inhaler that vaporises a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking, and are marketed as a tool to help smokers quit tobacco.

Although the devices are considered safer than smoking, doctors continue to debate the possible impact of some of the vapours` ingredients - including propylene glycol, which irritates airways, and formaldehyde, which is known to raise lung and nasal cancer risk.

Doctors argue that more research is needed on e-cigarettes and their opponents also claim there is evidence they encourage children who have tried them to "graduate" to smoking real cigarettes.

Several countries have already outlawed e-cigarettes including Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and Singapore.


First Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 08:49
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