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A 63-year-old male asked:

Are electronic cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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/
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Like many "NEW" products, the focus is overwhelmingly on SALES, rarely actual benefit or health. Given that the human body is generally so good at compensating for a huge number of problems for decades before symptoms, why should anyone focus on Health. Sales & presumed short-term "pleasure" are routinely the focus!
Aug 27, 2019

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