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It’s still too early to tell the long-term impact of e-cigarettes

September 28th, 2013 10:44 pm by Jennifer Sprouse and Nathan Baker, NET News Service

It’s still too early to tell the long-term impact of e-cigarettes

There are a lot of differences between cigarettes and electronic cigarettes –– size, shape, smell –– but local medical experts say it’s hard to predict what the long-term health impact will be for current users.

E-cigarettes, fairly new products to the U.S. market, are “metal or plastic battery-powered devices resembling traditional cigarettes that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale,” according to an Associated Press article.

Dr. Mirle Girish, a Mountain States Medical Group pulmonologist and a clinical associate professor at the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine, said the electronic alternative was introduced in the early 2000s as a way to help smokers break their smoking habit, but said the product’s long-term effects are still too early to tell.

Read the full report on the Johnson City Press website.


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