Lung disease from vaping has hit Britain, says expert

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Public Health England accused of playing down the dangers of e-cigarettes as a purely American phenomenon

Lung disease caused by vaping – which has led to several deaths and hundreds of cases of serious illness in the US – may hit Britain and is spreading worldwide, according to a leading expert on tobacco control.

Professor Stanton Glantz, director of the Centre for Tobacco Research Control & Education in San Francisco, who was instrumental in the release of 90 million pages of secret tobacco industry documents, told the Observer that claims it would be largely confined to the US were “silly”.

Public Health England says the crisis in the US is strongly associated with the vaping of cannabis oils, sometimes with vitamin E acetate, a cutting agent used by black-market dealers, something that is prohibited in the UK. The

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