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WHO calls for tighter e-cigarette regulation

The World Health Organization released a statement Tuesday calling for tighter regulation on e-cigarette sales and use.

The WHO statement comes a day after the American Heart Association issued a similar warning about e-cigarette use. The WHO called the e-cigarette industry both "a promise and threat" to health.

The report called for a ban on e-cigarette sales to minors — a proposal the FDA also made in April — as well as a ban on indoor "vaping." The WHO also wants to regulate e-cigarette advertising, including marketing to youth with sweetened e-cigarette flavors.

Until e-cigarettes have been studied more and are proven to help smokers quit, the WHO recommends that countries "minimize content and emissions of toxicants."