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Electronic cigarettes taken off shelves in Ireland

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Electronic cigarettes have been removed from the shelves of Irish pharmacies due to concerns about the safety of the products.

The device allows people to smoke in areas where tobacco is banned and were invented by a
Chinese pharmacist. They offer the sensation of smoking but have no tobacco or tar. However concerns were expressed that the cigarettes could contain harmful chemicals.

The EU must now establish if the device can be classified as a medical or tobacco products.

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