Vaping can worsen heart disease and lung disorders while the risks posed by inhaling flavouring ingredients are still ‘unknown’, according to the government backed research.
The independent Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) said e-cigarettes should only be used as a stop-smoking aid.
The report warned users who do not already use tobacco products ‘risk negative effects on their health’ by vaping.
Health threats to bystanders were considered low but people can suffer an increased heart rate from high nicotine exposure, if stood close to someone vaping, it said.
Professor Alan Boobis, Chair of the COT, said it was wrong to consider the devices as ‘harmless’.
Source: Daily Mail