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E-cigarettes re-ignite smoking debate

Critics dispute claims as healthier alternative

 Nicolas Hansen smokes an e-cigarette at his office at Overit in Albany on Friday,  January 17, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Nicolas Hansen smokes an e-cigarette at his office at Overit in Albany on Friday, January 17, 2014.
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Nicolas Hansen hates using his e-cigarette in front of people. He’s not flicking ash or blowing secondhand smoke. Still, the very sight of his device — a special-order. stainless steel device from Greece that resembles a pipe — raises questions. “A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, are you smoking weed?’ ” he recalled recently. When he used the traditional electronic cigarette, what users call a cig-alike, he didn’t fare much better. That’s because it looks ...


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