Update on electronic cigarettes: Health strategy or smoke screen?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Tobacco is the only legal drug that kills many of its users when used exactly as intended by manufacturers.”  In the most recent 2017 update, the WHO writes that: Tobacco kills up to half of its users Tobacco kills more than 7 million people yearly: 6 million from direct tobacco use and approximately 890,000 due to second-hand smoke Nearly 80% of the world’s more than 1 billion smokers live in low-and-middle income countries. The NCD Alliance reports that tobacco is the leading cause of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and is the risk factor common to the four main…

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