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Written by: Vester Gravley on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Posted in:

The e-cig debate is lighting up! And three world-class players in the wellness industry have just weighed in. The WHO “urges stiff regulatory curbs” on e-cigs. The CDC asserts, “e-cigarettes may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke”, while the American Heart Association says, “e-cigarettes might help smokers quit.”. As the long suffering efforts of tobacco legislation and regulation appears on pace to meet their intended goals, those same lawmakers, regulators and prohibitionists fear their success may be going up in smoke, or vaporizing, as the case may be. Leading the discussion is the UN-based World Health Organization. It is adamant that tobacco-less Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) represents “an evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control”. Coming from a slightly different angle the CDC, citing a report in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, “found that a quarter-million adolescents and teens who had never smoked used an electronic cigarette in 2013, a threefold increase.” These youths were “nearly twice as likely to say they would try a conventional cigarette,” leading to the conclusion that e-cigs are a gateway to tobacco addiction and potential drug abuse. The AHA however speculates that e-cigarettes “’may be a reasonable option’ for people who could not quit after trying counseling and approved methods, such as nicotine patches.” As temperatures begin to flare over the new-fangled vaping trend, regulators may want to take a leaf from Winston Churchill’s book, “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.”

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