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can you tell me are electric cigarette bad for you if you are a non smoker?

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They are NOT good: for anybody, but they may be better if the only alternative is smoking cigarettes. If you are not a tobacco user, there is NO REASON to use an e-cig. Most contain nicotine, which is addictive, and while they don't have the "tars" of cigarettes, they do have propylene glycol, formaldehyde, flavorings, additives etc. that have unknown safety or dangers. Studies about safety are underway.

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