Electronic cigarettes have been touted as a "healthier" alternative to smoking and as a smoking cessation tool, but a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) released Aug. 26 reiterates what many states — including Louisiana — have long suspected: Vaping might not be as safe an alternative as it's made out to be.
The report says e-cigs are potentially as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than ordinary cigarettes, and it advocates tighter controls on the marketing of e-cigs to minors. The Louisiana Legislature voted this year to follow the lead of other states in banning the sale and distribution of e-cigs to minors, and many businesses are considering banning the act of vaping indoors.
According to the report, there is not enough research to decide whether e-cigs are better for you, and some studies suggest that vapors are even more easily absorbed secondhand than smoke. In March, Tonia Moore, associate director of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, told Gambit "We definitely want people to understand that (e-cigs) aren't healthy."