Electronic cigarettes banned in Italian schools

Off-limits to minors too, but no limits in public for adults

Electronic cigarettes banned in Italian schools

Rome, June 27 - Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin on Thursday said she signed an ordinance banning electronic cigarettes in schools. Lorenzin said the measure followed the opinion expressed by Italy's Superior Health Council (ISS), which urged prohibiting the so-called e-cigarettes in schools and to minors under 18 but not in public places. Earlier this month the ISS, which is an advisory body to the ministry, said about 500,000 Italian smokers had taken up electronic cigarettes while over two million had tried them. The habit is also reportedly growing among smokers between 15 and 24 years of age, according to a joint survey by the ISS which polling institute Doxa released earlier this month. Critics warn that e-cigarettes, which turn liquid nicotine into a flavored vapor, have not been fully evaluated for potential risks either to users or those nearby.

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