An electronic cigarette. Photo: Gerry Broome/Scanpix

E-cigarettes worry Swedish authority

E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, have been getting more and more popular internationally, but Sweden's Market Surveillance Council warns they are problematic.

In an opinion piece published in the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet Sunday, the chair of the Council, Peter Strömbäck, urges the government to take steps to regulate them before they are sold legally on the market.

Nicotine products without tobacco are classified as medicine and require the Medical Products Agency's approval in order to be sold in Sweden. None of these permits have been issued, but despite this, e-cigarettes are easy to find, both over the counter and via the internet.

Just a few milliliters of the nicotine vapor in electronic cigarettes can lead to poisoning in both adults and children, says Strömbäck.

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