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'E-cigarettes not safer': Spanish doctors

Alex Dunham
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'E-cigarettes not safer': Spanish doctors
If you thought e-cigarettes were a godsend that would allow you to de-stress without causing damage to your lungs, think again. Photo: Platenc1/Flickr

A top Spanish medical association has warned e-cigarette users that lungs suffer the same short-term health effects with them as with regular cigarettes.

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If you thought e-cigarettes were a godsend that would allow you to de-stress without causing damage to your lungs, think again.

Spain's Association of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery are now warning that "some identical substances" in the vapour of e-cigarettes cause our lungs to react in the same way as with regular cigarettes.

Health professionals around the world are still unclear about the long-term effects of e-cigarettes on people’s health and are therefore not recommending they be used as a replacement or as a means of quitting smoking.

As e-cigarettes become increasingly popular in Spain and around the globe, the World Health Organization wants them to be considered medicines for them to be subjected to rigorous health tests. 

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