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E-CIGARETTES AND VAPING: Should the Federal Government Strictly Regulate the E-Cigarette Industry?
E-cigarettes and other vaping products are potentially harmful to public health, and the federal government needs to carefully scrutinize them before they are sold to consumers. The government currently regulates the industry much too lightly, making it too easy for minors to obtain e-cigarettes and for companies to make potentially false claims about the safety of vaping products.
E-cigarettes and other vaping products offer a groundbreaking way to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. Stringent regulations would unnecessarily burden the e-cigarette industry and force many companies out of business. Strict federal control of the vaping industry threatens to undercut a product that is likely safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes and would reduce the massive harm smoking inflicts on public health every year.
Let your students review the facts and decide for themselves: Should the federal government strictly regulate the e-cigarette industry? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this divisive issue. Enhance the debate with the discussion questions, “By the Numbers” data, primary sources, audio and video content, infographics, editorials, and newsfeed that are linked to the article.
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