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We use “e-cigarettes” here as an umbrella term for a range of products used to inhale vaporized or aerosolized e-liquids. These products include cigalikes, vape pens, e-hookah, tanks and mods.



Many researchers agree that e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes. There is disagreement over whether e-cigarettes will be beneficial or harmful to the health of individuals and populations in the long term.



In the movie Mean Girls (1, 2) Lindsay Lohan plays Cady, a student attending high school for the first time after years of home schooling. Cady is like a mini anthropologist, learning about the new world of North Shore High School and how to navigate within it. We will use some tropes from Mean Girls to illustrate our own struggles navigating e-cigarette discourse.

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