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HKU researchers call for total ban on e-cigarettes

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong called for a total ban on the sale of electronic or e-cigarettes on Thursday, warning that they pose a very dangerous health risk, and may entice young children to start smoking.

They interviewed 469 smokers under 25 who had called the university’s smoking cessation hotline, and found children as young as 12 had tried e-cigarettes.

The researchers said e-cigarettes “tend to attract young people much more than adults, and there is actually strong evidence – not from Hong Kong yet, but from other countries – that many non-smoking young people started with e-cigarettes before becoming regular conventional cigarette smokers”.

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