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    Some experts believe that the battery-powered devices encourage the uptake of smoking

    Ministers will seek to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children under 18 this week and make it illegal for adults to buy e-cigarettes for children.

    They are acting in response to concerns that the battery-powered devices, which simulate smoking by vaporising a liquid solution that is usually infused with some nicotine, encourage the uptake of smoking.

    There are also worries, voiced by the British Medical Association and England's chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, at a lack of rigorous, peer-reviewed studies to back the claim of manufacturers that the product is safe.

    E-cigarettes give the smoker a hit of nicotine – a highly addictive drug. An estimated 1.3 million of the current 10 million smokers across Britain have now switched to e-cigarettes.

    Tobacco companies, including Altria Group, owner of the Philip Morris company, invested in e-cigarettes in the face of pressure over the dangers of their products, which include Marlboro.However, countries across the world, including ones as varied as , Colombia, Panama and Uruguay, have already banned their sale to children.

    Davies said it was important for the British government to protect children given the potential risks. She said: "We do not yet know the harm that e-cigarettes can cause to adults let alone to children, but we do know they are not risk free. E-cigarettes can produce toxic chemicals and the amount of nicotine and other chemical constituents and contaminants, including vaporised flavourings, varies between products meaning they could be extremely damaging to young people's health."

    There is no legal restriction on under-18s buying products containing nicotine, which represents a legal loophole at a time when e-cigarettes are becoming popular with under-18s. In an attempt to further restrict children's access to cigarettes, a new offence will be created which will mean any adult who buys cigarettes or other tobacco products for someone who is under 18 could be given a £50 fixed penalty notice or fined up to £2,500.

    Two in five children (41%) of 15-year-olds who currently smoke say they usually buy their cigarettes from other people rather than buying them from a shop.

    Nearly all (95%) of 11- to 15-year-olds who smoke have managed to get someone else to buy cigarettes for them in a shop at least once in the past year.


    Photograph Tyrone Siu/Reuters; an employee checks e-cigarettes at a factory in China
    Sunday 26 January 2014
    The Guardian, The Observer
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/26/e-cigarettes-sales-ban-considered-smoking

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  1. ZenobiaSky
    This is a good addition to an article I posted yesterday on a similar topic:
    New concern about e-cigarettes: They make smoking seem 'normal' again

    It really brings together the concerns with the use of E-cigarettes and how governments are starting to realize this deserves further research, and are beginning to implement laws and policies to regulate sales and use, not only in the US but in other countries as well.
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    Ban e-cigarettes from school premises, heads say

    E-cigarettes should be banned from school premises to stop children assuming they are safe, heads say.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36921&stc=1&d=1390845125[/IMGR]Head teachers' union NAHT is worried pupils may want to copy parents they see using them in the playground.

    It comes as a ban on sales of the nicotine aids to under-18s is announced by the government.

    The Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association said schools had a right to ban any activity on their grounds but the thinking was "muddled".

    E-cigarettes were originally designed to help smokers quit, and some researchers have said they could save many thousands of lives in the UK.

    But concerns are growing that young people may start using them or "vaping" without ever having smoked.

    Experts say it is not yet known what harm the tobacco-free devices could inflict and that their contents could be damaging young people's health.

    But manufacturers insist they are much safer than regular cigarettes as they do not contain lung-damaging tobacco or smoke.

    The NAHT discussed the issue after some head teachers reported seeing parents using e-cigarettes in their playgrounds.

    Head teacher and chairwoman of the NAHT policy committee, Sally Bates, said: "At the moment anyone 'vaping' has no way of knowing what they are putting into their body.

    "We accept there may be some benefits as a means to wean people off cigarettes but that does not make e-cigarettes safe.

    "Nicotine is a toxin which has been linked to agitation and blood vessel disease.

    "The long-term effects of inhaling it in the form of e-cigarettes is unknown.

    "Therefore children should not be allowed to form the opinion that it is a safe thing to do."

    She added: "It is particularly concerning that these products can appeal to a younger market with fruit, candy and alcohol flavours available.

    "Schools should send a clear message to pupils and parents that the use of any kind of cigarette, electronic or otherwise is not acceptable on school premises."

    'Medicines'

    Katherine Devlin, president of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association, said the industry was pleased about the forthcoming ban on sales to under-18s.

    It was right that schools banned pupils from using the products, she said, but added that the issue of banning parents was a little more complicated.

    "The motivation for doing so has not been very well thought through," she said.

    "What we need to do is focus on the thousands of lives being saved by e-cigarettes."

    She added: "Any business premises, school or hospital, has the right to make policy decisions for their own premises."

    According to NHS England, electronic cigarettes are to be licensed and regulated as an aid to quit smoking from 2016.

    From that point they are due to be classed as "medicines", which means they will face stringent checks by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

    Until this happens, e-cigarettes are only covered by general product safety legislation, meaning they can legally be promoted and sold to children, despite a lack of clarity about their ingredients or how much nicotine they contain.

    The Department for Education said: "The government plans to introduce legislation that will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children under 18 and make it illegal for adults to buy cigarettes for them. This will help parents protect their children from the dangers of smoking.

    "We have strengthened teachers' powers so they can search for and confiscate more items, including those banned by the school's rules. It is up to schools to choose whether to ban an item from their premises."


    By Hannah Richardson
    Photograph Getty Images
    27 January 2014
    BBC News
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25913518
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