Australia could become first nation to outlaw smoking

A federal government-funded trial is about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a safer, permanent replacement for tobacco.

Updated: Sep 16, 2013, 14:09 PM IST

Sydney: Australia could become the first major nation to outlaw smoking.

A federal government-funded trial is about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a safer, permanent replacement for tobacco.
Medical experts, cancer groups and anti-smoking lobbyists battled for decades to rid cigarettes from public spaces, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to the report, `E-cigarettes` are battery-powered devices that simulate the effects ofsmoking by heating a nicotine liquid into vapour, which the user then inhales and exhales.

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