Electronic cigarettes have been with us for going on eight years now. In that time hundreds of little companies, starting in China, and now all over the world, have sprung up to manufacture and market these devices. Some of them do it very well, although in the absence of product regulation, there have been lapses, which opponents claim to be the norm.
A major court has banned the claim of therapeutic value, despite a universal conviction to the contrary on the part of the growing contingent of enthusiastic users. In the aftermath of that court setback, American regulators have allowed the product to go unregulated for almost four years, resulting in some unfortunate changes in the market.