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'No smoking' should include the e-cigarette, WHO says

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Reuters

The World Health Organization wants authorities to crack down on the e-cigarette - a battery powered cigarette with nicotine vapor, instead of tobacco smoke.

The global health watchdog just released a report saying that e-cigarettes could pose a threat to public health.

New regulations it seeks to impose include a ban on indoor use and sales to minors.

The W.H.O's Dr. Douglas Bettcher says it's also trying to dispel any notion that e-cigarettes are safer to smoke than regular cigarettes, citing a lack of scientific evidence to support such a claim.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) DEPARTMENT FOR PREVENTION OF NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASES, DR DOUGLAS BETTCHER, SAYING:

"Underlying reasons for regulation are really to impede the promotion of these products to non-smokers and youth. And really to minimize the health risks to both users and non-users "

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