An e-cigarette (sometimes referred to as a vapouriser or vape) is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke.

A report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee urges the government to relax rules around e-cigarettes so they can be more widely used and accepted in society.

The report proposes that train operators, pubs and employers should rethink blanket bans on e-cigarette use which make smokers less likely to quit tobacco products and are not backed by evidence, MPs have said.

About 2.9 million people in the UK are currently using e-cigarettes.

It is estimated that 470,000 people are using them as an aid to stop smoking and tens of thousands are successfully quitting smoking each year as a result.

Although the report recognised the long-term health effects of vaping were not yet known, it said e-cigarettes were substantially less harmful than conventional cigarettes because they contained no tar or carbon monoxide.

Our question this week is:

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* 1. Should people be allowed to use e-cigarettes in public places such as trains, offices and restaurants?

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