Last updated: Feb 26, 2010
They go by many nameselectronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapors, personal vaporizers, and nicotine vaporizersand there are hundreds of brands available over the Internet and at stores. These devices are about the same size and shape as a regular cigarette. There is a cartridge with a mouthpiece, a vaporizer, and a battery topped with an indicator light.
“The other products are only replacing nicotine; this product is also dealing with the behavioral aspect of smoking,” says Michael Siegel, MD, the associate chairman of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.
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How safe are e-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes seem relatively safeat least safer than smoking regular cigarettes, says Dr. Siegel. “They are a lot safer than smoking tobacco because there is no tobacco in these devices, only nicotine,” he says. They are not risk-free, he saysjust less risky than cigarettes.
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