Public health experts urge the World Health Organisation not to clamp down on e-cigarettes because they say the products could wean millions off tobacco via a letter, which has been signed by more than 50 researchers and other public health experts.
The letter says: "These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st Century - perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. If regulators treat low-risk nicotine products as traditional tobacco products... they are improperly defining them as part of the problem.
Regulators should avoid support for measure that could have the perverse effect of prolonging cigarette consumption. We are deeply concerned that the classification of these products as tobacco will do more harm than good. The potential for tobacco harm reduction products to reduce the burden of smoking-related disease is very large."
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