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Smoking cigarettes has been described as one of the biggest public health challenges in America, and the rise of vapes and e-cigarettes has dramatically changed the landscape for smokers and non-smokers alike. Debate rages over whether vapes and e-cigarettes are encouraging young people to take up smoking or offering valuable smoking cessation tools to people who might not want earlier options. STAT covers the major global tobacco companies’ decisions in this arena, as well as the FDA’s efforts to regulate the industry, and Congress’s ongoing policymaking on the issues.

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