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A Surprising U-turn...

Posted on the 28 April 2014 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth
From The MetroSmokers are turning to e-cigarettes in their droves, new research suggests.   More than 2million adults now regularly use the tobacco-free devices – three times as many as in 2012.  And despite fears that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking real tobacco, only one per cent of non-smokers polled by YouGov and Ash have tried 'vaping'.   Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Ash, said:  "It is important to control advertising of e-cigarettes to make sure children and non-smokers are not being targeted.  "But there is no evidence from our research that e-cigarettes are acting as a gateway into smoking." It was only her and her ilk who ever made such a ludicrous assumption in the first place - see Dick Puddlecote et al, and even if it were true, then so what? - but it's heartening that she finally backtracked.

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