Updated: 08/28/2014 00:49

MOH welcomes WHO report saying e-cigs don't help smokers quit

MOH welcomes WHO report saying e-cigs don't help smokers quit

The Health Ministry has welcomed a World Health Organisation report on electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes. 

WHO's report concluded that there's very limited and inconclusive evidence that such systems would help smokers quit. 

Singapore is among 13 countries that have banned the sale of such systems. 

The WHO said these systems could potentially have an adverse effect on brain development in unborn babies, children and teenagers. 

It added that they can also lead to nicotine addiction, and expose users to cancer-causing chemicals. 

The Health Ministry, or MOH, says electronic nicotine delivery systems that claim to help smokers quit should demonstrate their safety and effectiveness with the same level of scientific rigour required for approved therapies. 

MOH notes that, so far, there have been no applications to register these systems as therapies for nicotine addiction. 

The ministry says smokers who want to quit should use safe and proven methods, like going cold turkey, undergoing counselling or nicotine-replacement therapy. 

Smokers who want quit can also call the toll-free hotline at 1800-438-2000, or join the iQuit Club atwww.iquitclub.sg

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