VAPING doubles the risk of youngsters smoking real cigarettes and is linked to heart problems, a report claims.
E-cigarettes raise blood pressure, heart rate and the risk of blood clots, say researchers who pooled study findings.
They accuse the e-cigs industry of marketing to teenagers — and warn that it leads many to try tobacco cigarettes.
Professor Maja-Lisa Løchen, of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, said: "Vaping is marketed towards teenagers and the tobacco industry uses celebrities to promote it as being healthier than smoking.
"Legislation on the marketing and sales of e-cigarettes varies enormously between countries.
"Action is urgently needed to halt the growing use in young people.
"The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that e-cigarettes are harmful to health.
"E-cigarettes are a relatively new product and the long-term health effects are unknown.
"Now is the time for politicians and regulators to act – with public health campaigns to increase awareness and legislation to halt uptake in young people."
Researchers are also asking for e-cigarettes to only be considered as an option for people looking to quit as patches and gum have failed.
The report outlines the views of the European Society of Cardiology.
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