So the world’s panicking about vaping – now here are the facts

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So the world’s panicking about vaping – now here are the facts

With e-cigarettes being linked to eight deaths in the US, we ask the experts how worried we should be

Chris Stokel-Walker

The recent headlines have been as stark as they have been relentless: vaping has now been linked to eight deaths in the US and hundreds of cases of respiratory illness, while scare stories of fatal vapes abound on both sides of the Atlantic.

Certainly the number of vapers is booming. In 2011, there were seven million worldwide, according to Euromonitor International, a leading firm of analysts. By 2021, it is thought there will be 55 million. Worldwide, we spend more than £15.5bn (R287bn) on vaping products, up from £5.5bn five years ago. More than two new vaping shops a week opened on British high streets in the first half of 2019, according to the Local Data Company.

So how worried should we be?..

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