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Fe Miao Nan, executive director of Ruyan Group (Credit: AP Photo)

Fe Miao Nan, executive director of Ruyan Group Ltd. smokes an electronic cigarette during an interview at his office in Beijing.

Making a virtual cigarette

Fe Miao Nan, executive director of Ruyan Group
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Fe Miao Nan, executive director of Ruyan Group Ltd. smokes an electronic cigarette during an interview at his office in Beijing.

Workers assemble electronic cigars at the Ruyan factory
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Workers assemble electronic cigars at the Ruyan factory in Tianjin, China.

Workers place partially assembled electronic cigarettes in a
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Workers place partially assembled electronic cigarettes in a tray after testing their amber LED lights at the Ruyan factory in Tianjin, China.

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A worker solders a battery to an electronic
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A worker solders a battery to an electronic cigar at the Ruyan factory in Tianjin, China.

A worker holds a partially assembled electronic cigarette
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A worker holds a partially assembled electronic cigarette during testing at the Ruyan factory in Tianjin, China.

A worker solders a battery to an electronic
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A worker solders a battery to an electronic cigar at the Ruyan factory in Tianjin, China. The battery-powered products resemble real cigarettes and cigars but produce a fine nicotine spray that is absorbed quickly and directly by the lungs.

A worker tests the amber LED lights on
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A worker tests the amber LED lights on electronic cigarettes at the Ruyan factory in Tianjin, China.

A worker assembles electronic cigars at the Ruyan
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A worker assembles electronic cigars at the Ruyan factory in Tianjin, China. The battery-powered products resemble real cigarettes and cigars but produce a fine nicotine spray that is absorbed quickly and directly by the lungs.

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Workers assemble electronic cigarettes on a production line
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Workers assemble electronic cigarettes on a production line at the Ruyan factory in Tianjin, China. The battery-powered products resemble real cigarettes but produce a fine nicotine mist that is absorbed quickly and directly by the lungs.

Miao Nan, executive director of Ruyan Group Ltd.,
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Miao Nan, executive director of Ruyan Group Ltd., puffs an electronic smoke while he shows other designs. The Beijing company says its patented atomizer technology allows users to get an immediate nicotine fix without being harmed by the hazardous chemicals produced when tobacco is burned.