Editorial: E-cigarettes debate remains complex

Concerns voiced by health advocates over the growing popularity of so-called e-cigarettes, particularly among young people, need to be be discussed in a larger forum involving the entire community.

The introduction of these alternative smoking devices — a practice also referred to as “vaping” because the electronic products release mists of vapor — has been depicted by manufacturers as a clean option to smoking.

Proponents of smoking cessation programs and a number of health officials have a different opinion. While e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they are still nicotine-delivering devices. One health educator noted also that there are legitimate fears the devices could be responsible for young people to become addicted or to move on to tobacco products.

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