Efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes,
while understandable, will cause more harm than good.
Some vapers will simply resume smoking deadly cigarettes; others will seek out
dangerous counterfeit vapes. E-cigarettes are considerably safer than
cigarettes and flavors are a powerful incentive for effective use by adults.
E-cigarettes deliver nicotine as an aerosol, while cigarettes burn tobacco.
It’s the smoke from burning tobacco, not the nicotine, that contains carcinogenic tar.
Now, we don’t know the health effects of years of inhaling e-cigarette aerosol.
Researchers will need to follow vapers for many years, and this uncertainty is
why non-smokers should not start to vape. One of the biggest concerns about teens —
that vaping leads to more teen smoking — has not happened, so the FDA should not
ban flavors. Other steps can be taken to reduce teen access to e-cigarettes.
Meanwhile, we need to protect safer alternatives to cigarettes for those who
already vape, and the 35 million American smokers who have yet to quit. What do you think? Should the US
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