E-Cigarettes Not In The Same Category As Cigarettes

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Some Florida lawmakers are proposing to define all e-cigarettes as tobacco products. This proposal not only contributes to the already widespread misunderstanding of the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes, but it also could serve as a stepping stone to a crackdown on vaping which threatens public health.According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb, if every adult smoker in America switched to e-cigarettes, it would provide a "tremendous public health gain."Over the past few years, a global consensus has emerged that e-cigarettes are significantly safer than traditional cigarettes. Not only that, but according to a recently published study in the New England Journal of Medicine, smokers who tried to quit using e-cigarettes were almost twice as likely to succeed as those who used nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) like the patch or the gum.

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