Seeing through the Smoke

This microsite will carry stories, reports and commentaries that VERA Files hopes will contribute to the discourse on so-called novel products. These are electronic nicotine delivery systems, electronic non-nicotine delivery systems and heated tobacco products that are being peddled to the youth as less harmful alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

Health experts say electronic cigarettes and vapes are not a proven nicotine replacement therapy and they can cause nicotine addiction and poisoning. The tobacco industry, meanwhile, continues to offer its own evidence that novel smoke-free products are safer than regular cigarettes.

By presenting expert opinions and facts alongside falsehoods, VERA Files aims to let readers see through the smoke.

(This Project is supported by a grant from the International Union of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) on behalf of STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog.)

Doctors urge smokers: Commit to quit, not to shift to e-cigarettes

Medical doctors on Monday renewed their call for a stop to the use of electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products, which they say are not…

Tobacco companies offer new tactics, same risks: health advocates

The tobacco industry is employing new ways to attract a new breed of smokers but its products are still harmful to health, say advocates.