Health experts urge WHO not to snuff out e-cigarette

May 29, 2014 9:09 PM

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PARIS: The e-cigarette was pushed center stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts urging the U.N.’s health agency to embrace the gadget as a lifesaver.

With tobacco smoke claiming a life every six seconds, the tar-free, electronic alternative could help prevent much of the cancer, heart and lung disease and strokes caused by the toxins in traditional cigarettes, the 50-odd experts wrote to World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan.

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