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Medical News & Perspectives
October 1, 2014

Calls Increase for Tighter Control of e-Cigarettes

JAMA. 2014;312(13):1289-1290. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12813

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have joined the chorus of groups calling for tighter regulation of e-cigarettes, which have grown into a $3 billion global industry.

The use of e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular. In a report released in July, the WHO noted that in 2012 an estimated 7% of individuals older than 15 years in the European Union had tried these products, and about 1% were regular users. In addition, nearly half of US smokers reported having tried the devices, but only 4% were regular users.

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