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A recent outbreak of illness and death has gotten everyone’s attention — including late-to-the-game regulators. But would a ban on e-cigarettes do more harm than good? We smoke out the facts.

Unless you’ve been hibernating, you’ve probably heard about the dangers posed by e-cigarettes and vaping. Forty-two people in the United States have died and 2,000 have been injured in cases involving a severe respiratory ailment called EVALI, or “e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury.”

People have been vaping for years, but the deaths are new. The epidemic has been met with something between alarm and panic. The reaction is understandable. More than 40 million people around the world now vape, up from just 7 million less than a decade ago. …


LOVE/HATE

I’d never considered a future where a pod was out of reach. Moving to Barcelona changed that.

The nicotine is everywhere, and I am assailed on all sides. Hip Catalan separatists in jean cutoffs smoking their rollies, their tobacco laughter echoing up the cracked façades of this narrow Barcelona street and into my open window. The old lady in the apartment across the street from mine hanging up sopping clothes on the strung wires, a cigarette dangling from her lips, her morning routine occasionally interrupted when her body seizes and her rheumy coughs ring out. The construction workers grunting in my building’s hallway, the smoke from their cigarettes creeping under my door and rising in tantalizing curls.


Gottlieb’s exit comes at a time when he and the FDA seemed poised to take serious action against e-cigarettes

Tuesday’s abrupt resignation announcement from U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb caught the political world by surprise. It also raised concerns over an increasingly pressing subject: the future of vaping regulations in the U.S.

Gottlieb, whose tenure as commissioner will end next month, cited a long commute from his house in Connecticut and a desire to spend more time with his family as the reasons for his resignation, according to the Washington Post. His exit comes at a time when he and the FDA appeared poised to begin taking serious action against vaping. …

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