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A 16-year-old male asked:

Is electronic cigarette as bad as normal cigarette i dont smoke either one of them?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hans Crumpler
Urgent Care 27 years experience
Neither is good: Avoid any form of inhaled smoke or vapors. So far, electronic cigarettes have not been proven safer than paper cigarettes or other forms of smokeable products. The lungs were designed for extracting oxygen from the air we breathe and expelling carbon dioxide as waste from our bodies. Smoke or vapors in any way is not what our bodies were designed for.
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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Unknown: We just do not know. Electronic cigarettes have not been tested and we do not if they are any safer than regular cigarettes.
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Dr. Erik Voogd
Pain Management 22 years experience
E-cig vs. cigarettes: E-cigarettes do not contain as many of the toxic substances than regular cigarettes and a such are 'safer'. However, they still contain nicotine which is a highly addictive and dangerous (in high quantities) substance itself. Certain types of e-cigs also enable people to consume vastly higher quantities of nicotine than they would be able to get from cigarettes alone.
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Last updated Jun 6, 2018
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