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E-cigarettes are a powerful smoking cessation tool, a new study shows. But not all experts want to embrace vaping.

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Smoking is the most preventable cause of death, causing nearly 6 million deaths worldwide every year. At current rates, this figure is projected to reach more than 8 million by 2030.


E-cigarettes were meant to help people quit smoking, but now Americans are having a hard time putting down the vapes

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Close to 1,300 people in the United States have recently experienced lung injuries from vaping, and 26 people have died from these injuries. This string of illnesses and deaths is prompting bans on e-cigarette sales in cities like San Francisco and states like Massachusetts. The number of injuries is raising questions about the long-term implications of vaping, and over two-thirds of vapers say they plan to quit — an ironic turn of events, considering e-cigs were positioned as a tool to help people quit smoking. But how hard is it to stop?


Policymakers see banning e-cigarettes as an easy public health victory. Experts say the plan will backfire.

E-Cigarettes made by Juul are displayed at Smoke and Gift Shop on June 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In July, San Francisco Mayor London Breed put pen to paper, signing an ordinance to effectively ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, making it the first major city in the United States to put stringent regulations on e-cigarettes.

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