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The report outlines the evidence-based consensus on the health consequences of e-cigarettes by a committee of experts.

The new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is the most comprehensive analysis of existing research on e-cigarettes.

There was also "substantial evidence" showing the use of e-cigarettes instead of regular cigarettes "results in reduced short-term adverse health outcomes in several organ systems". They contain fewer numbers and lower levels of toxic substances than conventional cigarettes, and using e-cigarettes may help adults who smoke conventional cigarettes quit smoking.

Eaton said that in certain circumstances - such as when teens use them and become addicted to nicotine - e-cigarettes' "adverse effects clearly warrant concern".

The device appears to help adults quit smoking but may lead young people to smoke conventional tobacco.

"E-cigarettes can not be simply categorised as either beneficial or harmful", said David Eaton, chair of the committee that wrote the report. Though they mimic the sensations of cigarettes, e-cigarettes are tobacco-harm-reduction tools that have proven to be successful in aiding millions of people in their quest to quit smoking.

For those who smoke though - and especially those who are trying to quit and find it very hard - switching from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes would be beneficial.

It calls for lowering the nicotine level in traditional cigarettes to nonaddictive levels; limiting or eliminating flavorings, such as menthol in traditional cigarettes and candy and fruits in e-cigs and vaporizers, that the FDA says appeal to youths; and establishing rules to make the product review process more efficient, predictable and transparent for manufacturers, while upholding the agency's public -health mission.

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said it's clear that e-cigarettes need closer regulation and scrutiny. More and better research on e-cigarettes' short- and long-term effects on health and on their relationship to conventional smoking is needed to answer that question with clarity.

In conclusion, E-Cigarettes may encourage kids to start smoking regular tobacco products, therefore an awareness campaign in this directions should be beneficial.

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However, there is "substantial evidence" that e-cigarette use by teens increases their risk of smoking tobacco.

That's because e-cigarettes use a liquid nicotine solution that turns into vapor.

Swapping e-cigarettes for conventional cigarettes reduces users' exposure to numerous toxins and cancer-causing agents in regular cigarettes - conclusive evidence. The recent report which tells that e-cigarettes give way to tobacco-based products are focused towards the nicotine-based e-cigarettes.

In fact, 15 of the studies NAS reviewed found that when teens and young adults use e-cigarettes, they are more likely to try regular tobacco within a year.

DAVID EATON: There is some evidence that for people who are now smokers of combustible tobacco products, cigarettes, that e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking.

Potential harms and benefits of e-cigarettes may depend on your age, according to a report mandated by Congress.

WATKINS: It will expose them to different kinds of kids, maybe kids that are already using conventional cigarettes.

The FDA review said some non-smokers, including young people, would likely experiment with iQOS.

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide.