When they first hit the shelves a few years ago, e-cigarettes were a novelty item. Users felt like they were smoking, but the products only emitted water vapor. Now the battery-operated devices that look like cigarettes have gained traction. It’s not smoking...people who use them call it "vaping".
Some smokers report that e-cigarettes helped them quit smoking. Freedom from addiction to real cigarettes and the chemical additives in them known to cause cancer is often touted as a benefit. Retail stores catering to “vapers” blossomed, even here in the Heartland. The products are legal and according to a study published in the medical journal Lancet, e-cigarettes are about as effective as the nicotine patch when it comes to trying to quit.
Health experts at Boston University say it is essential that the FDA allow companies to market e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool, making it unnecessary for companies to lean on a marketing campaign that glorifies smoking behavior. E-cigarettes are not currently regulated by the FDA. However, the agency would like to change this and is pushing to regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. While these nicotine delivery products should never be marketed or made available to children, adults who want to quit should be able to decide for themselves if e-cigarettes work for them without the government creating mountains of regulations to stand in their way. That’s our opinion. What do you think?
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