WHILE the Spanish government banned e-cigarettes from public places this winter, research has revealed that the UK market for them is booming.
The health ministry reached an agreement in December to ban the use of battery-powered devices containing liquid nicotine from public transport, bars, offices, shops and schools.
The study by Mintel found that the UK e-cigarette market increased by 340% over the past year from an estimated £44 million in 2012 to roughly £193 million in 2013.
They also found more than three in 10 people agree there is a lack of information on the long-term effects of using e-cigarettes.
However, 10% of people who currently or used to smoke believe e-cigarettes encourage people to start smoking who otherwise would not have, rising to 19% of those aged 16-24.
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