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The American Heart Association’s first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May. Both groups express great concern about these popular nicotine-vapor products and urge more regulation, especially to keep them away from youth. They also stress that proven smoking cessation methods should always be tried first. But the Heart Association’s president, Dr. Elliott Antman said, if those fail, it is reasonable to have a conversation about e-cigarettes.

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