Are e-cigarettes safe?

- Dr. Tom Campbell of Highland Family Medicine discussed the safety of e-cigarettes Thursday on News 8 at Sunrise.

Dr. Campbell first explained how e-cigarettes differ from traditional cigarettes.  He said e-cigarettes don't contain tobacco, but do possess the addictive nicotine.  It's not certain what other substances are in the vapor produced by an e-cigarette.

As to their safety, Dr. Campbell said, although most medical communities have come out strongly against e-cigarettes, it's not clear.  He said we know cigarettes are dangerous and the leading cause of death in the U.S., but added e-cigarettes may offer an effective way to help smokers quit, especially those who have failed other approaches.

Dr. Campbell noted children should be prohibited from using them, and non-smokers should not try them.  He said more research overall on e-cigarettes is needed.

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