Raspberry, mango, tutti-frutti, cola, strawberry. The list might bring back memories of the summer ice-cream run - wrangling the kids while they decide which mouthwatering flavour they want.

But these flavours are widely available in another and very different product, all year round. And with this one, it's not the sugar content parents need to worry about, but nicotine. 

Irish vaping shops, online and in almost every town, offer those flavours in e-cigarettes, and questions are justifiably being asked about who those devices are aimed at.

Smoking is in steady decline. Most of us have finally realised that getting lung cancer or emphysema is not worth the sad and smelly habit of drawing smoke into your body time and again.

But just under ten years ago, a new nicotine option stormed onto the market. Vaping doesn’t smell, they said, it costs less, it’s socially acceptable and, most importantly, they said it was safe.

Now there are big questions over the impact of vaping on health. A Stanford University study this year found that the flavouring in the vaping liquids can cause DNA damage, cell death and inflammation and ultimately lead to a higher likelihood of heart attack or coronary artery disease.

In the US, President Donald Trump has moved to ban flavoured e-cigarettes amid warnings about 'vaping sickness’ said to have caused serious lung problems in 450 people, and been directly responsible for six reported deaths.

Here, the online sellers will ask you to confirm that you are over 18 before you begin to browse their sites, but the promised legislation to ban the sale of vaping devices to minors has not yet been enacted.

So, in theory, those fruity flavours, reminiscent of the ice-cream stand, are readily available to teenagers. Some are questioning whether this accessibility is creating a new generation of nicotine addicts.

One Irish retailer advertised its products as the ultimate festival accessory this summer. Others use glamorous, young models looking sophisticated, having a great time as they vape to their hearts content.

Has the Marlboro Man popped into your mind’s eye yet? He should have, because that is where we are at with these things. Younger people are being fed the message that vaping is cool, desirable and accessible. It’s the new smoking.

Interestingly, the largest tobacco company in the US, Altrica, invested $12.8bn to buy 35% of the maker of the bestselling US e-cigarette maker, Juul.

But because we don’t know the full picture about the safety or otherwise of vaping, we should be asking questions about how these nicotine products are marketed and advertised – and the potential impact on the nation’s health.

We'd like to hear about your experience of vaping - has it helped you to quit smoking? Are you a committed vaper? Do you know any teenage e-cigarette fans? Are you worried that we are creating a new generation of nicotine addicts?

Tell us about it by emailing clairebyrnelive@rte.ie.