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Vaping: 6 facts you need to know about e-cigarettes

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E-cigarettes were invented in 2003, and were available to buy by 2005.

E-cigarettes were invented in 2003, and were available to buy by 2005.

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E-cigarettes were invented in 2003, and were available to buy by 2005.

The facts surrounding the rise of the e-cigarette.

1 Usually powered by a rechargeable battery, electronic cigarettes allow users to simulate smoking by vaporising liquid nicotine and other additives. They contain no tobacco.

2 More than 95pc of e-cigarettes are produced in Shenzhen, southern China. The city consequently has one of the busiest ports in the world and its economic output is bigger than Ireland's.

3 E-cigarettes were invented in 2003, and were available to buy by 2005. Brazil, Norway and Singapore are among the countries to have banned them completely from public places.

4 Advocates argue that vaping is preferable to smoking, but health organisations maintain that a lack of long-term scientific evidence means this assertion cannot be upheld.

5 Forbes estimates global worth could increase to €7.5bn by 2017. Some analysts predict that e-cigarette usage will overtake combustible cigarettes within a decade.

6 In Ireland the industry remains unregulated, but the Government says it is currently working on draft legislation.

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