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An employee demonstrates vaping at a tasting room for clients at the Dampfi e-cigarette store in Zurich How vaping could be used to drive non-smoking societies
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  E-cigarettes could become the latest weapon against smoking, as British MPs push for relaxed laws
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  <strong>As part of ongoing efforts to curb the number of people who smoke cigarettes, a group of British MPs is looking to relax vaping laws. They say if e-cigarettes become more socially acceptable, less people will smoke and cause harm to themselves and others.</strong>
  <strong>Can vaping be used as a weapon to encourage non-smoking societies?</strong>
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  A <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/e-cigarettes-17-19/">report</a> by the committee of MPs said the government should support making e-cigarettes more widely used and even consider allowing e-cigarettes on public transport.
  Public Health England says e-cigarettes are <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630217/Towards_a_Smoke_free_Generation_-_A_Tobacco_Control_Plan_for_England_2017-2022__2_.pdf">significantly less harmful</a> to health than smoking tobacco and that there is no evidence that vaping is a gateway to smoking cigarettes.
  The report comes as part of an inquiry into e-cigarettes by the Science and Technology Committee, which is examining the impact of electronic cigarettes on human health.
  <h2>The MPs' suggestions:</h2>
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   <li class="story-body__list-item">greater freedom for industry to advertise e-cigarettes</li>
   <li class="story-body__list-item">relaxing of regulations and tax duties on e-cigarettes to reflect their relative health benefits</li>
   <li class="story-body__list-item">an annual review of the health effects of e-cigarettes, as well as heat-not-burn products</li>
   <li class="story-body__list-item">a debate on vaping in public spaces, such as on public transport and in offices</li>
   <li class="story-body__list-item">e-cigarettes licensed as medical devices</li>
   <li class="story-body__list-item">a rethink on limits on refill strengths and tank sizes</li>
   <li class="story-body__list-item">an end to the ban on snus - an oral tobacco product which is illegal in the UK under EU rules</li>
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  <h2>Health impact of e-cigarettes</h2>
  Approximately 2.9 million people in the UK <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45212444">currently use e-cigarettes</a>. Meanwhile, <a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandlifeexpectancies/bulletins/adultsmokinghabitsingreatbritain/2017">7.4 million people</a> (15.1 percent of people aged 18 years and above) are classified as current smokers, according 2017 data from the Office for National Statistics.
  Studies so far haven't concluded the long-term health impacts of smoking e-cigarettes. However Public Health England says e-cigarettes are <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630217/Towards_a_Smoke_free_Generation_-_A_Tobacco_Control_Plan_for_England_2017-2022__2_.pdf">95 percent less harmful</a> to health than smoking tobacco. It also says there is no evidence that vaping is a gateway to smoking cigarettes.
  A Royal College of Physicians (RCP) <a class="u-underline" href="https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/nicotine-without-smoke-tobacco-harm-reduction-0">report</a> analyzing dozens of studies concluded that the health hazard from long-term vapour inhalation from e-cigarettes was unlikely to exceed 5 percent of the harm from smoking tobacco.
  The RCP <a href="https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/news/promote-e-cigarettes-widely-substitute-smoking-says-new-rcp-report">recommended</a> that e-cigarettes be promoted widely as a substitute for smoking in order to benefit people's health and stop them smoking.
  <h2>Vaping around the world</h2>
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   <li>Though the legal status of e-cigarettes in pending in most countries, in 2015, around two thirds of major nations had <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulation_of_electronic_cigarettes">regulated e-cigarettes</a> in some way.</li>
   <li>European Parliament passed regulations on e-cigarettes in 2014 requiring quality controls for vapes and e-liquids.</li>
   <li>In the United States, at least 48 states and 2 territories have banned e-cigarette sales to minors.</li>
   <li>Brazil, Singapore, the Seychelles, and Uruguay have outright banned e-cigarettes.</li>
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