E-Cigarette Firms Face Inquiry Over Adverts

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Vaping companies could see restrictions placed on advertising as the government watchdog launches investigations into e-cigarette marketing that could entice children.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has received hundreds of complaints relating to film, social media and poster adverts for a handful of vaping companies in the UK market.

Serious concerns have been raised about campaigns that appear to target the under-18s, who are not legally allowed to vape, and adverts that “misinform” about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

A spokeswoman for the ASA said there had been complaints relating to the promotion of electronic cigarettes in the UK. The watchdog has opened investigations into several companies.

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