Lobbyists pushing for vaping as a way to help people quit smoking insist taxing e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco products will lead down a similar path as South Africa’s state-sanctioned project of denying HIV treatment to state patients. The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism reports though that while health activists, tobacco researchers, and public health experts agree with the vaping lobby that smokers need more support to quit, comparing a tax on a behaviour-changing substitute that is yet to be widely confirmed to denying people life-saving medicine backed by solid science, left many of them flummoxed.