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China's e-cigarette boom lacks oversight for safety

Chinese factories working faster, hoping to build profits and market share before regulatory scrutiny
Monday, December 15, 2014 - 05:50
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Experts say flawed or sloppy manufacturing could account for some of the heavy metals, carcinogens and other dangerous compounds, such as lead, tin and zinc, that have been detected in some e-cigarettes.

Shenzhen

IN a grimy workshop, among boiling vats of chemicals, factory workers are busy turning stainless steel rods into slender tube casings, a crucial component of electronic cigarettes. Not long ago, Skorite Electronics was a tiny firm struggling to produce pen parts. Today, it is

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