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Last month, for the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized certain electronic cigarette products, citing evidence that the products can help smokers cut back or quit by switching from smoking to vaping. The FDA’s decision has left experts divided. On the one hand, smokers should have access to every option that can help them quit, but if young people believe e-cigarettes are “safe,” could they get hooked on vaping and transition to smoking cigarettes?

We asked two local experts to weigh in on whether or not the FDA was right to allow the marketing of some e-cigarette products. [...]