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A Flawed E-Cigarette Regulation
American Magazine, by Sally Satel and Alan D. Viard

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 8/13/2014 9:22:08 AM

Recently, the New York Times ran several high-profile essays justifying the liberalization of marijuana laws. Editorialists addressed the health effects, the need for product standards, and the importance of banning sales to minors. Another major recommendation was to keep marijuana production and marketing from becoming corporatized as "Big Pot." Agree or disagree with marijuana legalization, it’s refreshing to see sober efforts to balance freedom to use marijuana, an intoxicant, against the harms that can result from expanded legal access to it. We only wish that such consideration was being extended to electronic cigarettes: a nicotine delivery device that has the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Newtsche, 8/13/2014 9:38:31 AM     (No. 9964158)

Health/insurance entities should be offering incentives to tobacco users for e-cigs/vaping.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: hud21, 8/13/2014 11:00:48 AM     (No. 9964301)

After 50 years of smoking, and several attempts to stop, I was able to kick the cigarette habit using E-Cigarettes. Its been more than 1 year since I smoked my last cigarette and I could not have done it without my vapes. The government can´t stand the thought that someone, somewhere, is enjoying themselves, so they have to meddle.

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