Electronic cigarette use in youths: a position statement of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies

Post date: Jun 17, 2018 9:55:26 AM

There is growing evidence that electronic cigarettes in children and adolescents serve as a gateway to cigarette smoking. There can be no argument for harm reduction in children. To protect this vulnerable population from electronic cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies recommends that electronic cigarettes be regulated as tobacco products and included in smoke-free policies. Sale of electronic cigarettes should be barred to youths worldwide. Flavouring should be prohibited in electronic cigarettes, and advertising accessible by youths and young adults be banned. Finally, they recommend greater research on the health effects of electronic cigarettes and surveillance of use across different countries.

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