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A leading academic has criticised health officials for ‘promoting’ e-cigarettes despite growing evidence of their harms. Professor Martin McKee, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said there are grounds for ‘serious concerns’ about e-cigarettes. But Public Health England (PHE) recommends they be prescribed on the NHS, controversially claiming they are 95 per cent less harmful than cigarette smoking. Last year it campaigned for smokers to switch to e-cigarettes, including as part of its annual ‘Stoptober’ quitting campaign.