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Why we don’t know much about e-cigarettes

The long-term impacts of e-cigarette use are hotly debated

By Josh Lowe  

Could e-cigarettes stop people smoking these? © Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Public Health England has made headlines by formally acknowledging in a report that e-cigarettes are safer than conventional cigarettes, and saying that they could help smokers to quit. 

But the overall tone of the report is cautious, and, in backing the announcement, the government’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies warned that “there continues to be a lack of evidence on the long-term use of e-cigarettes.” The…

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