E-cig regulation should be tighter
WASHINGTON – E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug – but it’s not, or hasn’t been, entirely clear in which direction most traffic through that gateway flows.
For some existing smokers, particularly those for whom other efforts to quit have failed, electronic cigarettes offer the advantage of a nicotine delivery device without risking the health consequences of smoking tobacco.
Meantime, for those not yet hooked, e-cigarettes present the risk of an alluring on-ramp to the real thing.
The question is whether the potential public health benefit of helping smokers quit outweighs the public health cost of enticing a new generation of addicts.
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