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As U.S. doctors fear a spate of serious illnesses may be linked to vaping, one smoking cessation expert warns that Health Canada has been caught "flat-footed" by the popularity of e-cigarettes.

"Those of us who've been involved in tobacco control issues for decades are astonished that we now seem to have lost sight of the lessons of the past," said Dr. Andrew Pipe, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

There is now a "major public health issue, of the fact that we may be spawning a new generation of nicotine addicts," [...]