VAP­ING FEARS ABOUT KIDS

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LAST week we told you about the con­cern in the US over the health ef­fects of e-cig­a­rettes, and how vap­ing in kids has be­come an “epi­demic”.

Many ex­perts are wor­ried about the same thing hap­pen­ing in the UK, es­pe­cially since lots of e-cig­a­rette flavours and pack­ag­ing are tar­geted at kids – even though you legally have to be 18 to buy or use them.

Sev­eral health or­gan­i­sa­tions in Eng­land have been heav­ily pro­mot­ing e-cig­a­rettes and claim­ing that they are much “safer” than smok­ing cig­a­rettes, but many ex­perts are wor­ried, be­cause not enough is known about them.

Martin Mc­Kee is the Pro­fes­sor of Eu­ro­pean Pub­lic Health at the Lon­don School of Hy­giene and Trop­i­cal Medicine, and is one of the sci­en­tists who think that this pro­mo­tion of e-cig­a­rettes is dan­ger­ous and that the risks aren’t be­ing taken se­ri­ously enough.

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