WHO may equal electronic cigarettes to usual. Part 1
For manufacturing and selling electronic cigarettes in major countries of the world may be applied restrictions that are applied now for traditional tobacco products. Such decision may take World Health Organization.
Consumers of electronic cigarettes may face the same restrictions on places for smoking and with the same high prices as consumers of traditional tobacco products if World Health Organization (WHO) will realize plans of regulating electronic cigarettes, writes Financial Times (FT). Newspaper journalists have examined WHO documents. Documents have been presented by sources in Organization, interested in equaling electronic smoking devices to tobacco in WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Electronic cigarettes may cause new wave of tobacco epidemic, considers FCTC head receptionist Hayk Nikoghosyan, and to dangers that electronic cigarettes have should be paid more attention. About this he has declared on meeting on which was approved the agenda of November meeting in Moscow, results from materials with which Financial Times became familiar. WHO representative has declared on official FT request that position of Organization "is not finalized yet".
FCTC is ratified almost by all countries of the world with small exceptions, the main of which are USA. Convention obliges governments that have signed it to follow its recommendations. In USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already informed about plans to regulate electronic cigarettes as well as traditional.