Health officials grapple with new generation of e-cigarette smokers

From: The Hill

By Tim Devaney

Fifty years after the U.S. Surgeon General’s first report about the dangers of smoking, public health officials are wrestling with how to regulate electronic cigarettes, as no government studies address the dangers of these products.

Senate Democrats and public health groups warn e-cigarettes will attract new smokers, including children, who have never used traditional cigarettes before. But others say e-cigarettes can help ween existing smokers off of traditional cigarettes, which are believed to be more harmful.

To this end, the FDA is currently funding 37 studies, but none of them have been completed yet.

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