UNITED KINGDOM – University College London (UCL) researchers called recent claims made against electronic cigarettes by the World Health Organization (WHO) “alarmist” and “bizarre,” reports BBC News.
The researchers said that increasing e-cigarette use among smokers could actually save lives, noting that for every one million current smokers who switch to the devices, more than 6,000 lives a year could be saved.
WHO has made claims about the risk of e-cigarettes acting as a gateway for non-smokers to start smoking nicotine cigarettes. However, the UCL team found that the number of non-smokers using e-cigarettes amounted to less than 1% of the population, according to the Smoking Toolkit study, a monthly survey of smokers in England, reports the BBC.
Professor Robert West added that even though some toxins were present in e-cigarette vapor, the concentrations were very low.