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I vape so have been following these reports with interest. There have been zero deaths from vaping outside the US and places like the UK have a lot of vapers. The deaths in virtually all cases have been in vapers who use black market THC vape oil, a fact which has only been mentioned as subtext in most sensationalist articles.
I agree there should be much more control in who is able to buy vapes and related items. There is reported to be a wave of US high school students using them although this also isn't mirrored in other countries.
Reportedly the reduction in the number of smokers has been dramatic in the UK, and I am seeing many ex-smokers here in Australia who have switched including myself. I am absolutely convinced it is much less harmful than smoking. I also think it it not harmless and should not be taken up by non-smokers ever. Myanmar and India have banned it so I assume they want people to keep smoking instead.
It's a good topic for click bait and sensationalism. Don't fall for it.
Here is an article from Mercola yesterday ranted about unsavoury practices by Juul, the largest e-cigarette company in the US - https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/11/13/contaminated-juul-pods.aspx
They got $7 million from their vape fluid supplier to recall contaminated fluid, and then sold it to consumers anyway!
Juul is owned by Altria, the parent company of Marlboro. One can never trust big corporations and big tobacco are just evil IMHO.
A small paragraph from that article quotes a CDC report on the deaths -