Health Care

Dutch government to ban e-cigarettes for people under 18

E-cigarettes are displayed in a shop in downtown Rome February 27, 2015.    REUTERS/Tony Gentile

E-cigarettes are displayed in a shop in downtown Rome February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile  (Copyright Reuters 2015)

Electronic cigarettes are to be banned in the Netherlands for people aged less than 18, the Dutch health ministry said in a statement on Friday.

E-cigarettes, which electrically vaporize a nicotine-infused solution, are touted by their proponents as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, but authorities worldwide have warned that the science concerning their health effects is not yet clear.

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The ban is due to come into force in May 2016, the ministry said.