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Letter to the Editor Regarding “Students’ Cigarette Smoking and the Perceived Nicotine Content of Their E-cigarettes”

      In the September 2018 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Tam and Warner
      • Tam J
      • Warner KE
      Students’ cigarette smoking and the perceived nicotine content of their e-cigarettes.
      contend that most adolescent nonsmokers who vape believe that they are vaping “just flavors,” and that we should be reassured because young people are not intentionally inhaling nicotine. The authors’ thesis seems to be that nicotine is the “agent provocateur” in vaping and that the perceived absence of nicotine renders the situation benign. We are not reassured.
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