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Health Alert: Electronic Cigarettes Could Be Extremely Hazardous to Your Health
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 14, 2013 @ 11:52PM
Created on September 14, 2013 @ 6:51PM

When electronic cigarettes first came to the U.S. back in 2009, they gained popularity quickly because they were seen as an alternative to actually help you quit smoking.

Recent studies show they might not be as safe of an alternative as you may think.

1 in 5. That's how many adults have actually tried an electronic cigarette since their debut. While their perks is what draws people to them, many health officials are still confused on how they really effect our health.

They're supposed to help you curve your nicotine addiction, and eventually help you quit. While some of you find them extremely convenient, others think a cigarette is still a cigarette.

"They're really convenient. If you want to smoke a cigarette, you can do that without having to leave," said Luke Mitchell, who uses electronic cigarettes.

"I don't see the difference. I know people who smoke regular cigarettes on top of using e-cigarettes," said Brandi Bonnet," Morgantown resident.

What's most alarming about these "E-Cigs" is the fact that's there no laws in place for manufacturers to tell you exactly what's inside them, and FDA officials say it's troubling to know kids find them attractive when they don't even know what we're breathing in, and what the long-term effects of them are.

Officials estimate 1 in 10 high school students have tried an "E-Cig." While that doesn't sound like that many, it's actually double from what it was in 2011. On the other side, a study by the CDC found 90% of smokers who started using them said they have helped them put down cigarette habit altogether.

"As an adult, you have to understand the risks that come along with using an e-cigarette, just like with a regular cigarette," said Christopher Rassmussen, Morgantown resident.

While the effects of the "E-Cig" remain unknown, one benefit is the smell. Since an e-cig gives off water vapor instead of a mixture of tobacco and other chemicals, it doesn't leave smell behind on you, your clothes, or anyone else around you.

Regardless of the benefits regular people find, officials from the FDA and CDC are continuing to investigate how safe they really are.

Also, believe it or not, "E-Cigs" are actually very cost efficient. On average, users spend just $10 per week on one "E-Cig, compared to $45 for a regular pack of cigarettes.

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