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Researchers are criticizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for what they see as not prioritizing testing for whether e-cigarettes can reduce smoking deaths while vaping products more visibly face scrutiny due to deaths linked to them.

Despite the vaping deaths, some experts say they see e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to cigarette smoking, according to The Wall Street Journal. Kurt Ribisl [...] told the Journal that the FDA could have gotten rid of some expensive and lengthy requirements for animal testing, product composition and stability studies, noting that this is done for some other drugs.