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Electronic cigarette is as bad as cigarettes?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Unknown: We don't know yet. E cigarettes are largely unregulated and contain additives that may be hazardous.
Dr. Christian Mayaud
Hospital-based practice 36 years experience
Depends on Liquid: The risk of electronic cigarettes is related to the composition of the liquids they use. The safest will be those which use the least number of compounds. Flavorless Liquid being the safest since it's just vegetable glycerine plus or minus nicotine while tobacco smoke has 4000 to 5000 known compounds in it. Experienced vapers make their own DIY liquids to know for sure -- and to save money.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 42 years experience
The concern I have is that those with nicotine have it in a liquid form which can be a poison if ingested by child.
Dec 14, 2014
Dr. Christian Mayaud
Hospital-based practice 36 years experience
Provided original answer
True ... as with all medications and compounds potentially toxic to children, eliquids need to be keep out of reach and childproofed -- which can be problematic since vapers, like smokers, tned to leave their supplies strewn about.
Dec 15, 2014

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