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The Pennsylvania State University

As regulation nears, e-cigarette controversy rages

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's plan to begin regulating electronic cigarettes this summer has renewed debate over tobacco "harm reduction." The idea is that some smokers can't or won't quit, even if they want to. By replacing their cigarettes with e-cigarettes which deliver nicotine but eliminate carbon monoxide, tar, and other toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke they'll be better off, and so will the public. "It would be in the same ballpark as being addicted to caffeine," said tobacco-cessation researcher Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health and psychiatry at Pennsylvania State University. "I'm not saying...