'No proof electronic cigarettes stop addiction'

Italian health minister warned against electronic cigarettes

'No proof electronic cigarettes stop addiction'

Rome, December 28 - There is no scientific evidence that electronic cigarettes help to combat smoking addictions, says a report for Italy's health minister released Friday. The National Institute of Health (ISS) says the government should warn young adults that although the dosage of nicotine is lower, there are still potential health risks from the popular electronic smokes. There must be a "prudent approach" towards a product that seems inefficient at helping stop smoking while still toxic, said Roberta Pacifici, director of the cigarette, alcohol, and drug division of the ISS. The institute says it's concerned because the electronic cigarettes have been a popular Christmas gift that could be a "gateway" drug leading young people to graduate from the gadget to smoking real cigarettes.

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