Made to look and feel like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are battery-operated
electronic devices that deliver vaporized nicotine without the tar, smoke, and tobacco
found in regular cigarettes.
Consumer Reports took a look at the studies and says some suggest that e-cigarettes
might be a last resort for smokers who've tried quitting again and again and failed. But
Consumer Reports cautions that they have not been approved by the FDA, so safety
is a major concern. E-cigarettes vary widely, and it's unclear exactly which chemicals,
other than nicotine, are in the devices. And nicotine itself is extremely addictive and can
cause harm, too.
Consumer Reports says more in-depth health studies need to be done, and federal
oversight of e-cigarettes is necessary. And there's another concern that's been raised
about e-cigarettes—that they could actually lead to smoking the real thing. That's
because the devices are easily available online to minors, and they come in enticing
flavors such as vanilla and piña colada.
For smokers having trouble quitting, Consumer Reports says e-cigarettes just may be
the lesser of two evils.
Some states and cities have banned or are considering banning the sale or use of e-
cigarettes until more is known about their safety.
Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances,
cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports' website.
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