General Article What is vaping and is it safe?

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Vaping has exploded in popularity with young people. But the case against e-cigarettes — for smokers and non-smokers — is mounting.

By Maggie Fox

Vaping can sound so pleasant — a small device that you can use to inhale fruit or candy-flavoured water vapour. It’s the 21st century answer to smoking: it doesn’t make your breath smell, it’s discreet and it’s so much safer than smoking tobacco.

Or is it?

There’s a debate over whether e-cigarettes should be more strongly regulated. The U.S. federal government and public health officials lean strongly towards regulation and have been restricting the marketing of vaping products.

In Britain, e-cigarettes are more celebrated as an aide to help smokers stop their addiction to smoking tobacco, which kills more than 8 million people a year, according to the World Health Organisation.

E-cigarettes first hit the market about a decade ago, and the first versions were clunky, fist-sized devices that users filled with fluid that they usually bought ...

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