(CNN)An outbreak of a vaping-related illness in the United States has sickened hundreds and may be linked to the deaths of seven people, and an epidemic of youth vaping there has been called a “public health crisis.”President Donald Trump’s administration moved to ban e-cigarette flavors and there are warnings to avoid vaping altogether, and but in the UK, there doesn’t appear to be an outbreak of vaping-related sickness. Neither has vaping’s popularity soared among young people who never smoked. Rather, e-cigarettes have been embraced mostly as a wayfor adults to quit combustible cigarettes. Indeed, health authorities in the UK stand by their support for e-cigarettes as a cessation tool.
“If you don’t smoke, don’t vape,” said John Newton, director of health improvement at Public Health England. “But if you smoke there is no situation where it would be better for your health to continue smoking rather than switching completely to vaping.”PHE’s advice remains that e-cigarettes are a fraction of the risk of smoking, and using one makes it much more likely you’ll quit successfully than relying on willpower alone.”
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