(HealthDay News) — People may turn to electronic cigarettes thinking they are a healthier alternative to smoking.
Not so fast, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. E-cigarettes can:
Encourage use of tobacco products, either by former smokers or by those who have never smoked.
Cause harm to pregnant women and fetuses.
Cause nicotine poisoning from accidental ingestion, inhalation or absorption of the nicotine liquid in e-cigarettes.
Expose non e-cigarette users to secondhand nicotine emissions.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is particularly concerned about users under the age of 18: On Thursday, the agency said it will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The move is part of its long-awaited plan to extend the agency’s regulatory powers across all tobacco products.
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