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New watchdog to ‘aggressively monitor’ tobacco industry tactics

Michael Bloomberg has commited US$20 million to a watchdog project amid fears of sneaky tricks by big cigarette companies

By Sarah Boseley  /  The Guardian

However, the arrival on the scene of e-cigarettes in recent years has complicated the issues. Leading brands are made by tobacco companies. Some public health experts say they are the best hope for many long-term smokers of quitting a habit that will otherwise kill them.

A report from Public Health England recently called for them to be sold in hospital shops and urged manufacturers to seek a license for them so they can be prescribed by doctors.

Others said that there is not enough evidence of their long-term effects.

Kelly Henning, director of public health programs with Bloomberg Philanthropies, said that 60 percent of US vapers are “dual-users,” so have not given up cigarettes.

There are concerns that young people might get addicted to nicotine and go on to develop a smoking habit.

“The US Centers for Disease Control, the surgeon general and the Food and Drug Administration expert group very strongly said e-cigarettes are not for children,” Henning said. “Governments have to have very strong regulatory frameworks to stop these products getting into the hands of children.”

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