ICMR Warned E-cigarettes Pose Public Health Risk

“Use of e-cigarettes has documented adverse effects on humans which include DNA damage; carcinogenesis; cellular, molecular and immunological toxicity; respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological disorders and adverse impact on foetal development and pregnancy,’’ said Prof. Balram Bhargava, director general ICMR.

What are e-cigarettes?
  • Battery-powered devices that vaporize a liquid, known as e-liquid or vape juice, producing a vapor that users inhale. Most liquids contain flavoring and nicotine in various strengths – but not tobacco – although many producers of liquid also offer nicotine-free versions.
  • The devices come in many forms and go by many names, including vape pens, e-hookah, mods, and tanks.
  • The devices are often marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes and represent a growing segment of the market for products containing nicotine or tobacco. But the health impact of these alternative products is not clear.

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