Vape nation: how did Britain end up so hooked on e‑cigarettes?

31 October 2021

Ben Spencer and Tom Calver. Source: The Sunday Times

England is an outlier in promoting vaping as a safe alternative to smoking. Other countries are far from convinced

Less than a fortnight ago the World Heart Federation, a respected medical body based in Geneva, warned of a growing epidemic sweeping the globe. Victims’ lungs, heart and brain were put at risk, and the young were particularly susceptible. The source of this health threat? Electronic cigarettes.

The report, written by a panel of cardiologists and academics from the United States, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, called for governments around the world to mount a “determined effort to stop the e-cigarette epidemic in its tracks”.

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