South Africa: Many Countries Regulate E-Cigarettes. South Africa Should Too

[The Conversation Africa] Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow. E-cigarettes don't contain tobacco, which has harmful health effects. But they often contain highly addictive nicotine and have their own negative health risks.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news

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Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
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