World Health Organisation warning over E-cigarette toxins

The World Health Organisation has told ITV's Tonight that more research is needed into the toxins consumed by those using electronic cigarettes. Manufacturers say there also needs to be more regulation of the industry.

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Poll: E-cigarettes should not be allowed in public places

Britons are more likely to disagree than agree that using E-cigarettes should be allowed in public places, an exclusive poll for the Tonight programme, conducted by ComRes, has revealed.

Participants were asked if they agree or disagree with the following statements:

The results of an exclusive poll for the Tonight programme. Credit: ComRes

The World Health Organisation has called for further research into the impact of E-cigarettes on human health as they increase in popularity.

Read: It's time to clear up the confusion over E-cigarettes

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Manufacturer: Unregulated E-cigarettes 'vary in quality'

Nicotine liquid seen in an electronic cigarette. Credit: ABACA

Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes have told ITV's Tonight their industry is not regulated and there can be varying quality of products.

Long Xiaobing, CEO of an E-Cig company in Shenzhen, Southern China makes ten million electronic cigarettes a year.

He told Tonight: "Currently, lots of products in this market are not regulated and products vary in quality."

Another E-cigarette maker, Hua Ou, said: "There is no standard available to regulate them. So the market is in a bit of chaos now. Currently many E-cigarettes are made quite similar, with low quality. These are very serious problems."

Both manufacturers insist their own products are good quality, yet they are well placed to make judgements on the wider market.

Watch The Rise of the E-Cigarette: Tonight at 7.30pm on Thursday on ITV

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Tobacco firm: E-cigarettes 'substantially safer'

British Armerican Tobacco spokesman Kingsley Wheaton told ITV's Tonight that his firm believes electronic cigarettes are "substantially safer" than conventional cigarettes.

"We believe that as they are they are today - and we believe there are various parts of the scientific community who would agree with us - they provide a substantially safer alternative to smoking a traditional cigarette," he said in a conversation with ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi.

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E-cigarette toxins 'not adequately researched'

"The science around the safety of E-cigarettes has not been demonstrated," the World Health Organisation's Glenn Thomas told ITV's Tonight.

"We still need more research to know and understand what sort of impact on health.. these E-cigarettes are having."

"We know that a lot of the toxins which are consumed through E-cigarettes have not been adequately researched," he added.

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Concerns surround toxins in electronic cigarettes

An estimated 1.3 million people in the UK now use electronic cigarettes. Credit: PA

As more people turn to electronic cigarettes in a bid to kick their smoking habit, Tonight explores the growing concerns surrounding the nicotine alternative.

An estimated 1.3 million people in the UK now use electronic cigarettes, which some researchers say are helping to save millions of lives but Tonight has found eight years after the products first appeared in the country, there appears to be no adequate regulation in Britain, Europe or beyond.

Glenn Thomas of the World Health Organisation told the programme: "We still need more research to know and understand what sort of impact on health and people these E-cigarettes are having.

"We know that a lot of the toxins which are consumed through E-cigarettes have not been adequately researched."

Watch The Rise of the E-Cigarette: Tonight at 7.30pm on Thursday on ITV

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