While the early vendors of eCigs were independents, I understand that old time tobacco companies are now getting into vaping tech big time. When one door closes another opens.
And as a gateway habit for teenagers leading to eventual cigarette use, I think that is entirely possible.
The problem is, that despite providing endless evidence and studies on this, this whole debate is still framed by what some random people "think may be possible".
Tobacco companies are trying/getting in to vaping big time. The way they are doing this is by attempting to destroy the current market with regulation and limitations - it makes them no money - and instead get people to use more cig-a-like devices with cartridges that they swap on a daily/more frequent basis, generating a daily profit for the tobacco company similar to that for a smoker.
So how do they do this? They spread FUD about vaping, they indirectly lobby for restrictions and limitations on the existing technology. Tobacco companies paying lobbyists paying for slanted research that is promoted to health officials.
They've already done this once with TPD, but no, lets have another round of slander, half truths, "we don't know" and "I think that is possible".