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A 23-year-old male asked:

Are e cigarettes safe? if not, are they better than regular cigarettes and how? i want to quit smoking, my body doesn't need it but my mind wants it.

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
I do not: Trust industry for this. Your body does require that you quit. Smoking is slow suicide.
Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 29 years experience
We Don't Know: No extensive studies have been done to test the safety or e-cigs vs regular cigs. It does seem to make sense to me that since they are a purer form of nicotine and do not have the additives they might be a safer alternative to use to stop smoking - like nicotine patches or gum. Also, some of the additives to tobacco can cause other types of cancer. That does not mean they are safe, just not as bad.

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