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Canada's rules on e-cigarettes based on 'unproven hypothesis'

Today on Front Burner, CBC medical sciences correspondent Kelly Crowe reports on how Health Canada flung the door wide open to e-cigarettes without definitive evidence that it would even help people quit smoking.
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There are fewer restrictions on vaping devices in Canada than on tobacco, cannabis or even alcohol. Health Canada made e-cigarettes widely accessible based on an understanding that they could be used as a smoking cessation tool. Now, Canada is investigating almost a dozen possible or confirmed cases of vaping-related lung disease and the U.S. is tallying up thousands of lung injuries and over 40 deaths.

Today on Front Burner, CBC's medical sciences correspondent Kelly Crowe reports on how Health Canada flung the door wide open to e-cigarettes without definitive evidence that it would even help people quit smoking. 

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