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E-cigarettes are attracting non-smokers to nicotine, EU warns

'Vaping' with e-liquid containing nicotine is just as addictive as smoking traditional cigarettes and may lead non-smokers to try out other tobacco products. – AFP/Relaxnews pic, May 26, 2014.'Vaping' with e-liquid containing nicotine is just as addictive as smoking traditional cigarettes and may lead non-smokers to try out other tobacco products. – AFP/Relaxnews pic, May 26, 2014.A precious aid to many smokers in their efforts to quit, e-cigarettes are nonetheless likely to attract non-smokers and lead to higher rates of nicotine addiction, cautions the European Commission in its "E-cigarettes Myth Buster" report.

Electronic cigarettes encourage smoking behaviours, the EU's governing body observes, citing recent studies suggesting that "e-cigarettes are increasingly used by non-smokers and young people".

A French study carried out in 2013, for example, indicated that the number of Parisian students who had tried vaping had doubled during the year to reach 18%. And users become more likely to try out traditional tobacco products once they have tried out smoking behaviours and experienced a nicotine buzz through vaping.

Nonetheless, there is some evidence that e-cigarettes, the health effects of which are largely unknown, can help smokers to give up their bad habit. Smokers looking to wean themselves off of nicotine with the device should start with an appropriately dosed e-liquid. The maximum strength authorised for sale is typically 20mg/ml. Though most smokers will find they can quit with this dosage or a much lower one, very heavy smokers can obtain a prescription for a higher dosage from a doctor if needed. – AFP/Relaxnews, May 26, 2014.

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