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The discussion over how and whether so-called “novel products” such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products can help people stop smoking has been prominent in Europe in recent years. Different EU countries have adopted various approaches but there is still no overall picture of their effectiveness and their long-term health effects.

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation has once again put the spotlight on smoking. A WHO official told EURACTIV during the first wave of the pandemic in March that because any kind of tobacco smoking is harmful to the bodily systems, [...]