On behalf of Smiley & Smiley, LLP posted in Defective Products on Monday, September 8, 2014.
Over the past few years, a number of Americans have begun smoking electronic cigarettes. It is not difficult to understand why these products are appealing. They allow users to smoke while avoiding the unpleasant tastes and smells traditionally associated with cigarettes. In fact, some users have taken up smoking electronic cigarettes partially because they do not bother others with secondhand smells and they come in different “flavors.” Users can opt to purchase flavor cartridges that taste like fruit, coffee, vanilla and even specialty drinks like pina colada and peach schnapps.
Partially because of the unscented nature of electronic cigarettes decreases the stigma associated with smoking and partially because manufacturers are selling such appealing flavors, these products have become particularly popular with young people. In addition, many users are now smoking e-cigarettes in public places and in apartment complexes because they are scent-free. However, the World Health Organization recently advised governments to do what they can to reduce the prevalence of these trends.
In truth, electronic cigarettes are unsafe products, according to the WTO. In a recent report, the organization urges governments to prohibit e-cigarette smokers from using these products in public and manufacturers from targeting youth in their marketing campaigns. The organization has expressed “grave concern” that the battle against smoking and tobacco will be lost if tobacco giants are essentially allowed to dominate the cultural landscape once again.
The WTO’s recommendations are not binding. However, they should serve as a strong warning to individuals who use these products and to governments which allow for their wide dissemination, marketing and general use.
Source: New York Times, “World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes,” David Jolly and Sabrina Tavernise, Aug. 26, 2014
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