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America fought for years to get out of the clutches of cigarettes and the ravages of tobacco. Many Americans still fight to break free. Now there’s a new player. E-cigarettes. All the nicotine of a cigarette, but none of the tar and gunk that lead to cancer – as far as we know.

You may have seen people puffing them. Vapor in, vapor out. No actual smoke. But there’s a big debate over the net impact. Are e-cigarettes a nifty way off of traditional smoking? Or are they a new gateway to nicotine addiction and, ultimately, back to cigarettes?

This hour, On Point: the e-cigarette dilemma.

The Rise Of E-Cigarettes | On Point with Tom Ashbrook