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Top scientists urge WHO not to clamp down on e-cigarettes

A group of top scientists have urged the World Health Organisation to not classify e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. The group of 53 experts claimed that e-cigarettes present an opportunity to slash diseases and deaths caused by smoking.

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E-cigarettes 'could save hundreds of millions of lives'

E-cigarettes have the potential to save "hundreds of millions of lives" by cutting smoking rates, a group of scientists have claimed in a letter to the World Health Organisation.

The experts want to make sure e-cigarettes are not classified in the same way as tobacco products such as cigarettes.

Such a move could lead to restrictive measures including higher taxes, bans on e-cigarette advertising and restrictions on their use in public places.

Their letter reads: "These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century - perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted."

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