A 63-year-old male asked:
are electronic cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr answered
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Probably - Addictive: Yes, they are promoted as safer because of lack of many oxidation byproducts produced by burning tobacco ; this is true. They supply nicotine to keep the addition going but the industry has not performed any clinical trials to evaluate the pros ; cons. Thus the conclusion, through presumably reasonable, is presumptive, not tested, without known reliability ; largely exempted by dshea act 1994.
Answered on Mar 9, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: E cigarettes don't produece tar or carbon monoxide. E- cigarettes may contain nicotine, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals (like lead, tin & nickel), ultrafine particles (which may be drawn deep into lungs, diacetyl & Nicotine which is addictive. REF: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/
Answered on Sep 4, 2019
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