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The e-cigarette was pushed center stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts urging the U.N.'s health agency to embrace the gadget as a lifesaver.With tobacco smoke claiming a life every six seconds, the tar-free, electronic alternative could help prevent much of the cancer, heart and lung disease and strokes caused by the toxins in traditional cigarettes, the 50-odd experts wrote to World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan.A recent study of nearly 6,000 people who quit smoking in England between 2009 and 2014 found they were 60 times more likely to succeed using e-cigarettes than nicotine patches or gum, or going cold turkey.The WHO says tobacco kills nearly 6 million people a year.To mark World No Tobacco Day on May 31, it urged countries to raise tobacco taxes, saying a 50-percent increase would reduce the number of smokers by 49 million within next three years and save 11 million lives.
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