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Dr. Georgiou explains e-cigarettes

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The jury's out on e-cigarettes, touted as a viable alternative to smoking regular cigarettes.

According to Dr. Archelle Georgiou, e-cigarettes simply haven't been around long enough to determine if they're safe or unsafe. Her verdict? Smoker, beware.

Here's why:

  1. E-cigarettes still contain nicotine, and it's still addictive and still carries adverse lung effects
  2. No quality control – e-cigarettes are not FDA regulated and consumers don't know how much nicotine is inside
  3. Many are imported, therefore, it's difficult to regulate quality control

As for effectiveness, Dr. Georgiou cited a Boston University study that looked at about 200 people and about 60 percent said they cut back on regular cigarette use while a third stopped smoking completely.

Here's the bottom line: There aren't any long-term studies that can determine how safe and effective e-cigarettes truly are. More research and regulations are needed, so in the meantime, proceed with caution.

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