E-Cigarettes Safer than Tobacco Cigarettes?

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E-Cigarettes Safer than Tobacco Cigarettes?

Are E-Cigarettes Safer than Tobacco Cigarettes? Depending on who you ask you might get contradicting answers. According to a recent article in the “Columbian”, some public health officials argue the long-term effects of the unregulated products are unknown and require more research.

“It’s probably a lesser amount of the toxic substances, but the research just isn’t there to support it, and we would never say it’s a safe product,” said Theresa Cross, health educator for Clark County’s chronic disease prevention program.

The same article continues to state that CASAA (Nonprofit Consumer Advocacy for Smoke-free Alternatives Association) was quoted from their website as stating:

“While anything containing nicotine cannot be called 100 percent safe, evidence from numerous studies strongly suggests that they are magnitudes safer than tobacco cigarettes” .

A 2011 study by CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) found about 21 percent of adult smokers had used electronic cigarettes. That’s up from about 10 percent of smokers in 2010, according to the CDC. The CDC does acknowledge that e-cigarettes “appear to have far fewer of the toxins found in smoke compared to traditional cigarettes.” However, the agency stipulates, the long-term health effects must be studied.

Read the full article on whether “E-Cigarettes Safer than Tobacco Cigarettes?” at the Columbian.

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