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Could the risks be ameliorated by changes in engineering? Regulatory concerns go beyond the chemical background of the product. Even if e-cigarettes are shown to be less toxic than cigarettes, there are social implications to consider, the authors pointed out. The acceptance and prevalence of smoking a hand-held device may promote and renormalize the use of cigarettes, electronic or not. Nonsmokers may start smoking e-cigarettes before moving on to real ones, and the simultaneous use of both products could postpone or entirely hinder a smoker’s quitting efforts. Furthermore, the FDA must decide how marketing should be regulated in the context of potential benefits and population risks.
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