Prof Peter Hajek
Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London
The WHO has a history of anti-vaping activism that is damaging their reputation.
This document is particularly malign.
Practically all the factual statements in it are wrong.
There is no evidence that vaping is ‘highly addictive’ – less than 1% of non-smokers become regular vapers.
Vaping does not lead young people to smoking – smoking among young people is at all time low.
There is no evidence that vaping increases risk of heart disease or that could have any effect at all on bystanders’ health.
The US outbreak of lung injuries is due to contaminants in illegal marijuana cartridges and has nothing to do with nicotine vaping.
There is clear evidence that e-cigarettes help smokers quit.
The authors of this document should take responsibility for using blatant misinformation that is likely to to prevent smokers from switching to a much less risky alternative.