The Montreal Public Health Department says it agrees with this week's World Health Organization report on e-cigarettes.
On Tuesday, the UN agency said government should have tougher rules for e-cigarettes — including banning their use indoors and putting them off limits to minors.
They suggest there's not enough evidence to suggest the devices actually help people quit smoking, and add the 'toxicant' emissions from e-cigarettes can pose a risk to bystanders, and to the smokers themselves.
The department's director, Richard Massé, says there need to be stricter controls on the devices which contain nicotine. They are already banned in Canada, but Massé says they remain widely available.
"We ask there be regulations, and we recommend that [the nicotine devices] should be included within the Tobacco Act," Massé says.
He also worries that even the e-cigarettes that contain flavors instead of nicotine should be restricted, particularly for minors.
"The risks are, for young people, it gets to be an introductory tool to regular cigarettes," he says. "The fact that you get dependent to it could lead e-cigarettes to regular cigarettes.
"We don't want to normalize tobacco products."