Study Finds E Cigarettes May Not Be as Safe as They Seem

Oct 12, 2016

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Many teens and adults take up e cigarettes thinking they’re not as dangerous as smoking. But a new study from a Kansas City researcher shows that’s probably not the case. 

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine, which was authored by Kansas City doctor Chitra Dinakar at Children’s Mercy Hospital and her colleagues, highlights the problem vaping presents for scientists.

Vaping products come in so many varieties that it can be impossible to say what chemicals users are putting in their bodies.

“It certainly doesn’t contain some of the known carcinogens that we know tobacco smoke has, but it does have some chemicals that are still harmful and haven’t been studied very well,” Dinakar said.

E-cigarettes usually contain nicotine, which is addictive and dangerous, particularly to teens and pregnant women. The report also says e-cigarettes appear to be no more effective than nicotine patches or gum in helping people quit smoking.