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Pro-Con: Are e-cigarettes safer than smoking?

By Elena Watts
Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2014 at 7:19 p.m.

What are e-cigarettes?

• Battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals.

•  Turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user.

• Most e-cigarettes are manufactured to look like conventional cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Some resemble everyday items such as pens and USB memory sticks.

• E-cigarettes have not been fully studied, so consumers currently don't know the potential risks of e-cigarettes when used as intended, the amount of nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals being inhaled or the possible benefits associated with using these products.

• Additionally, it is not known if e-cigarettes may lead young people to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

As smokers rush vape shops for a healthier alternative to smoking real, traditional cigarettes, the jury is still out about the safety of electronic cigarettes.

Victoria became home to two vape shops last year with another scheduled to open soon. So why are some people sold on the product while others are worried?

Pro: E-cigarettes help users quit smoking with alternative

Con: Addictive properties could drive users to tobacco products



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