For the first time, the FDA has authorized some e-cigarettes, citing evidence they help smokers quit. The decision has left experts divided.

Last month, for the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized certain electronic cigarette products, citing evidence that the products can help smokers cut back or quit by switching from smoking to vaping.

E-cigarettes are filled with a liquid that typically contains nicotine and flavorings, which is heated during use. Users inhale nicotine as vapor, not smoke — thus the term “vaping.” Since the products don’t burn tobacco, they don’t expose users to the same levels of dangerous chemicals as conventional cigarettes.

The FDA’s decision has left experts divided. On the one hand, smokers should have access to every option that can help them quit, but if young people believe e-cigarettes are “safe,” could they get hooked on vaping and transition to smoking cigarettes?

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Brian P. Jenssen & Jonathan Foulds – Philadelphia Inquirer – 2021-11-18.

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