Monday, February 25, 2013

E-cigarettes: a safer alternative to smoking?

Fox New 43 Pennsylvania
Trang Do
February 25, 2013

Sales of electronic cigarettes are expected to reach $1 billion this year. Though they’re increasing in popularity, they’re not without controversy.

 “Finally, smokers have a real alternative,” a narrator says on a commercial for NJOY electronic cigarettes. Some even have celebrity endorsements, like actor Stephen Dorff for Blu e-cigs.

 “C’mon guys! Rise from the ashes,” Dorff says in one commercial.

 These products are designed to look, feel and even taste like traditional cigarettes, but they’re battery-powered devices that convert doses of nicotine called juice, into a vapor that’s inhaled by the user. ... 

Through his role as science director of The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Assocation, or CASAA, Epidemiologist and health researcher Dr. Carl Phillips is working on summarizing all of the existing research on e-cigarettes.

 Phillips said about a dozen studies have found e-cigarettes do not carry significant risks for users.

 “Yes, there are trace amounts of harmful chemicals to be found in the liquid or the vapor. And by trace, I mean tiny,” Phillips said. “And you know what? There are trace amounts of harmful chemicals to be found in an apple, to be found in the air.”

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