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On one side is “public health.” If you’ve seen Mean Girls, you might recognize “the Plastics” in this picture. They are the stereotypical popular group, the standard bearers and enforcers of the school’s dominant social rules.

In a similar way, the stereotypical public health side represents conventional views about nicotine and tobacco. This side sees vaping primarily as a health threat.

The California Anti-Tobacco Movement — a longtime advocate for cigarette warnings and restrictions — has been an especially visible proponent of this anti-vaping perspective.

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