An investigation of this magnitude has never been carried out before. The first results are expected this autumn. This will also reveal if replacing a cigarette with an e-cigarette can result in less damage for the individual user. Depending on the results, RIVM might also look into the health risks from harmful substances in the air breathed out by e-cigarette users for bystanders.
Last year RIVM produced a fact sheet on behalf of NVWA
which included facts about e-cigarettes, including the potential
risks of the product. In this, RIVM stated that there was
insufficient research data available to establish the safety of
e-cigarettes and also indicated their concern over the quality of
e-cigarettes, the sale and the recommended prices of the product.
This fact sheet has since been modified and now contains an updated
list of the substances present in e-cigarettes. In part based
on information from this fact sheet and advice from RIVM, State
Secretary Van Rijn has decided to ask RIVM to carry out additional
research into the safety of e-cigarettes.