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Regulating e-cigarettes requires a balancing act [Commentary]

Regulating e-cigarettes requires a balancing act [Commentary]

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General's report on the harms of smoking, which launched anti-tobacco public health efforts that have saved an estimated 8 million American lives. We are today a far more educated public when it comes to the dangers of cigarette use. Yet a bill in the Maryland House of Delegates that would treat e-cigarettes like normal cigarettes, and thus ban their use in public buildings, was roundly defeated this year. The bill didn't even make it out of committee.

This is happening in the setting of rapid growth in the local e-cigarette and so-called "vaping" markets. As The Sun has reported, vape shops are opening up all over...