Sweden is seeing the first wave of e-cigarettes, which promise a safer, healthier alternative to smoking, with a big jump in use among teenagers.
But there are serious health risks, as well as fears the products could encourage youth to switch to smoking.
The National Board of Health and Welfare, which regulates e-cigarette use in Sweden, has warned that the products are being used to make tobacco cigarettes, which are already highly addictive.
The Swedish Tobacco and Health Institute has warned of a rise in addiction among young people.
Its report, published last month, says more than 1,000 Swedish children have started using e-cigs since 2013.
Sweden’s government is set to vote in November on whether to allow e-cig manufacturers to sell them.
“We are seeing a huge increase in the use of these products among young children, and also by older people,” said Dr. Olof Skåne, who heads the institute.
“They are not only less harmful to the environment but also have a much better impact on the health of their children.”
The report says more and more Swedes are using e the products have been found to have less harmful substances and lower risks of nicotine poisoning.
The report notes that e-liquid has the same nicotine levels as tobacco cigarettes.
It says e-liquids can be stored in a cooler and are generally safer than regular cigarettes, and that they have been proven to reduce the risk of addiction and death.