Compiled on Friday, September 5, these are the conclusions of a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on electronic cigarettes, saying they were exaggerating the risks and underestimate its importance as a tobacco alternative. The WHO report, released on 26 August, including recommendations to governments to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and their use in enclosed public places, saying they posed a “serious danger” to teenagers and kids.

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“We were surprised by the negative tone of the report and found it was misleading and did not reflect accurately the data available,” said Ann McNeill, professor at the National Center on Addiction at King’s College London, in an article published in the journal Addiction:

“Electronic cigarettes are a novelty and we have obviously not all the answers on their health impact in the long term, but what we know is that they are less dangerous than cigarettes, which kill over six million people a year worldwide.”

V2 electronic cigarettes deliver mouth a flavored vapor containing nicotine. The use of ecigs has spread rapidly around the world: according to WHO, there are now more than 400 brands, and the market for these products was estimated at $ 3 billion (2.27 billion euros) in 2013. V2 electronic cigarettes is currently a leading brand in this market.

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Supporters of the electronic cigarette consider that it is less harmful than traditional cigarettes, which is associated with an increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

“The use of the electronic cigarette could save millions of lives in this century and have the impact of the most important public health in the history of tobacco use,” said Dr. Jacques Le Houezec, a French specialist in smoking and one of the authors of the article.

More generally, the authors note that the WHO has failed to recognize “that the toxin levels in electronic cigarettes are only a tiny fraction of that found in the smoke of traditional cigarettes”. They also dispute the arguments on the passive inhalation of electronic cigarette vapor and reject another conclusion of the WHO report, which says that electronic cigarettes is harmful to nonsmokers.

The Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) found “numerous anomalies” about the safety of electronic cigarettes, according to a survey released on Tuesday 29 September. Conducted in 2014, this verification campaign finds a non-compliance of 90% of the collected liquid and almost all chargers. Regarding liquid refills, this instance shows “many labeling anomalies” as well as “non-compliant products and / or dangerous.” V2 ecigs were not found deficient in this survey.

110 chemical analyzes of the liquids, the DGCCRF noted that: 90% of products were non-compliant, “labeling is not adapted to the composition of the product analyzed”, such as the presence or nicotine levels. 6% of these products were deemed “dangerous” for reasons of hazard labeling the absence or lack of child-resistant closure. Of the 14 models tested chargers, “13 have been declared non-compliant with 9 dangerous because of the risk of electrical shock associated with an insulation fault.” It is worth mentioning that V2 electronic cigarettes were not found defective either in labeling or manufacturing defects.

The DGCCRF said it had conducted “more than 1,300 seizures of goods” and “over 56,000 withdrawals and / or reminders of marketing.” Legal proceedings were developed in tandem. The organization said it would “continue its investigations to monitor the industry.”

According to the barometer of the National Prevention Institute (INPE) released in February, nearly 3 million French vape regularly, half of each day, making France the first European market in number of vapers after the UK. The market for French electronic cigarette amounted to 395 million in 2014, of which two thirds correspond to liquid refills sales, according to a study by market research group Xerfi, published in July.