NEWS & OBSERVER :: FDA will rule none too soon on e-cigarette regulations

Over the past few years, innovations in nicotine delivery have enabled smokers to obtain their nicotine without the carcinogens found in cigarette smoke. Today, we stand on the cusp of an FDA ruling on these novel nicotine devices that could set the stage to permanently extinguish the combustible cigarette. At stake is an industry with over $35 billion in annual profits, deep political clout and a product that, when used as directed, kills 50 percent of its users.