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The FDA authorizes e-cigarettes for the first time, citing benefits for smokers

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The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the marketing of electronic cigarettes for the first time.

The FDA gave permission for the sale of a brand of e-cigarettes — saying the product can help adult quit smoking. At the same time, it rejected many flavored products which are popular with teens.

Health officials on Tuesday authorized the first electronic cigarettes in the U.S., saying the R.J. Reynolds vaping products can benefit adult smokers.

The Food and Drug Administration said data submitted by the company showed its Vuse e-cigarettes helped smokers either quit or significantly reduce their use of cigarettes, the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.

Tuesday's first-of-a-kind decision is part of a sweeping effort by the FDA to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of delays.

In September, the agency said it had rejected applications for more than a million e-cigarettes and related products, mainly due to their potential appeal to underage teens. But regulators delayed making decisions on most of the major vaping companies, including market leader Juul.

Click here to read the entire story from the Associated Press.