Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS/ENNDS)

Statement
23 January 2017

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS/ENNDS) heat a solution (e-liquid) to create an aerosol which frequently contains flavourants, usually dissolved into Propylene Glycol or/and Glycerin. All ENDS (but not ENNDS) contain nicotine. Electronic cigarettes, the most common prototype, are devices that do not burn or use tobacco leaves but instead vaporise a solution the user then inhales. The main constituents of the solution, in addition to nicotine when nicotine is present, are propylene glycol, with or without glycerol and flavouring agents. ENDS solutions and emissions contain other chemicals, some of them considered to be toxicants.

WHO submitted a report on ENDS to the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (COP6) in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 13 to 18 October 2014 (FCTC/COP/6/10 Rev.1). The COP welcomed the report and invited Parties to take careful note of it. WHO submitted a further report on ENDS/ENNDS to the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (COP7), which took place in New Delhi, India from 7 to 12 November 2016 (FCTC/COP/7/11). The COP welcomed the report and invited Parties to consider applying regulatory measures referred to in the report.