E-cigarettes should be banned indoors over fears that they can be as toxic to bystanders as normal cigarettes, the World Health Organisation has said.
Despite releasing vapour instead of smoke, the devices still pollute the air with harmful chemicals, health experts warned.
Many smokers use e-cigarettes as a way to quit, as they deliver the nicotine hit but without the carcinogens associated with breathing in smoke. There are no laws currently banning their use inside.
But a report by the WHO questioned the safety of e-cigarettes, officially known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
“The fact that ENDS exhaled aerosol contains on average lower levels of toxicants than the emissions from combusted tobacco does not mean that these levels are acceptable to involuntarily exposed bystanders,” said the report.
Given that second hand smoke from regular cigarettes isn’t much of a problem in the first place perhaps we should just hang them all?