UK Researchers Respond Harshly To WHO's Warnings Concerning The Use Of E-Cigarettes

In recent developments, a new warning concerning vaping released just this week by the World Health Organization (WHO) managed to garner flak from public health experts from the United Kingdom, prompting them to provide a strong pushback. Per the release, the public health experts reportedly stated that WHO is misguided and spreading “blatant misinformation” concerning the risks and benefits of using e-cigarettes, as compared to using regular ones.

This exchange from the two entities come amid a growing controversy concerning how safe e-cigarettes really are, as well as how to weigh just how big and important their role is when it comes to helping curb cigarette addiction, which many people suffer from worldwide. The statements made by the public health experts align with ones made previously by other U.K. health officials, which states that vape and e-cigarettes are a great alternative to the more harmful regular cigarettes. Per WHO, however, their cautions regarding vaping come in line with studies made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as some other U.S. scientists.

Simply put, their cautions are made because there is still insufficient research around the true potential health risks and benefits of vaping, and as such, people should be very cautious. In fact, CDC now recommends the youth to avoid any kind of e-cigarettes after a devastating outbreak of severe lung diseases happened. At the moment, the outbreak itself is still being investigated, with researchers linking it to e-cigarettes that contain THC, which is the active ingredient of marijuana.

“There is no doubt that e-cigarettes are harmful to health and are not safe, but it is too early to provide a clear answer on the long-term impact of using them or being exposed to them,” the WHO said in a release.

As such, the U.K. responded rather harshly.

“The WHO has a history of anti-vaping activism that is damaging their reputation. This document is particularly malign,” Peter Hajek, who directs the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London, said .

Per other experts, the dispute is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, given that research about the e-cigarettes is still ongoing.

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