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E-cigarettes: How harmful are they?

Published on Apr 25, 2014 5:42 PM
 

E-cigarettes are not just soaring in popularity in Singapore, but also in the rest of the world.

Under the Singapore Tobacco Act, the devices cannot be distributed, sold or imported. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday proposed a set of rules to regulate e-cigarettes.

Calls for strict rules have become louder, following data from a new Centers for Disease Control study showing the number of calls to poison centres involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014.

These are alarming numbers. Equally distressing is that worldwide sales of e-cigarettes are expected to top US$10 billion (S$12.59 billion) by 2017, according to Wells Fargo, and will exceed those of traditional cigarettes by 2047, said Bloomberg Industries.

Various e-cigarette products for sale are seen at the Henley Vaporium in New York City in this file photo taken on Dec 18, 2013. E-cigarettes are not just soaring in popularity in Singapore, but also in the rest of the world. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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