Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Consumer group says e-cigarettes need to be studied

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Rome, June 13 - Electronic cigarettes need to be
analysed to determine if they are harmful, Italian consumer
group Codacons said on Thursday, adding that products determined
to have detrimental effects on consumer's health should be
preemptively confiscated by the Italian Health Ministry.
''An analysis into the liquids contained in the
e-cigarettes that are sold in shops in Italy'' should be
immediately initiated, Codacons said.
''The health ministry, based on a precautionary principle,
should carry out the confiscation of products that are harmful
for people's health''.
Codacons made its official request after an investigation
carried out by weekly magazine 'Il Salvagente' determined the
presence of lead, chrome, arsenic and other toxic and
carcinogenic metals in the liquid contained in the cigarettes.
The report cited a study carried out by researchers at the
Federico II University of Naples.
''While we wait for a law to regulate the e-cigarette
sector, in which currently chaos reigns supreme, the Health
Ministry and law enforcement officials need to carry out a
blanket analysis on the liquid contained in the electronic
cigarettes sold in Italy,'' Codacons president Carlo Rienzi
said.
Codacons previously asked for electronic cigarettes to be
banned in public places, just as their low-tech cousins have
been, urging for their content to be carefully analysed.

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