The jury is still out on whether vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes and there is uncertainty on how it should be regulated, it emerged at a recent panel discussion with leading experts. The Vapour Product Association says vaping is up to 95% safer than cigarettes and is more effective in helping people to quit smoking than nicotine replacement therapy. Africa Harm Reduction Alliance co-founder Dr Melon Human says while one in every two smokers is likely to die as a result of tobacco use, an evidence review carried out by Public Health England in 2015 found that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco. The product association says 38% of users claim e-cigarettes helped them to stop smoking entirely, while 25% of users report that they reduced the amount they smoked. Because e-cigarettes contain no tar and can be used with liquids containing less nicotine than cigarettes, logic dictates that they must be safer. However, pulmonologist Dr Richard van Zyl-Smit says it is "not tha...

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