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Electronic Cigarettes’ Nicotine Vapor Stokes U.S. FDA

Electronic cigarettes are pitting regulators against anti-smoking forces on whether to allow sales now to speed efforts to help smokers quit or ban them until they are proven safe and effective.

Proponents of the battery-powered devices that produce a nicotine vapor instead of tobacco smoke urge the Food and Drug Administration to consider them a tool for smokers seeking a tobacco-free alternative. The American Lung Association wants sales suspended unless proven in clinical drug trials.