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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Electronic Cigarettes Not Proven To Be Safe

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First Published Published: January 14, 2011 ( www.gisbarbados.gov.bb/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=5092)

electronic or e-cigarette

The recent emergence of the electronic or e-cigarette on the market has caused local health officials to issue a warning to prospective users of this new product.

The Health Ministry has advised that the e-cigarette had not been tested to determine its long-term effects, and is therefore not recommending it as a replacement or additional smoking device, nor as a tool to stop smoking.

Recently, acting Senior Medical Officer of Health (Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases), Dr. Leslie Rollock, pointed out that the e-cigarette, on which a smoker puffs to release a vapour of stored liquid nicotine and other substances, like propylene glycol, had not been sufficiently tested to determine its effects.

The health official noted that though the amounts of these contents in e-cigarettes was small, they had not been tested on large enough groups of people to determine if exposure would have second-hand or an individual effect on a smoker. 

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