How Safe are E-Cigarettes?

How Safe are E-Cigarettes

As tobacco is be considered more and more a-social behaviour, a growing number of people are turning to using electronic cigarettes.

Boston University School of Public Health professor Michael Siegel in a recent interview said, “It [smoking e-cigarettes] is comparable to what is present in nicotine-replacement products, which are on the market, and, in fact, if you look at the actual levels of the carcinogens in electronic cigarettes, they’re about 1,400 times lower than in Marlboros.”

Dr. Siegel was involved in a 2010 study published in the Journal of Public Health Policy which indicated that e-cigarettes were in fact safer than cigarettes:

Few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns. Although the existing research does not warrant a conclusion that electronic cigarettes are safe in absolute terms and further clinical studies are needed to comprehensively assess the safety of electronic cigarettes, a preponderance of the available evidence shows them to be much safer than tobacco cigarettes and comparable in toxicity to conventional nicotine replacement products.

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