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E-cigarette manufacturers show their wares

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A man smokes an e-cigarette
A man smokes an e-cigarette AFP PHOTO/Nicoals Tucat

Four years ago very few people had ever heard of an electronic cigarette. Today the battery-operated devices that look like pens and vaporise small capsules of liquid are widespread in France. Converts say e-cigarettes have helped them quit smoking ordinary cigarettes. And with 13 million smokers, France is a big market - enough of a market to organise a trade fair in Paris. 

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