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E-cigarettes grow in popularity
If you're trying to quit smoking electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, might be the way to go, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is raising questions about their safety.
The CDC has found that the use of electronic cigarettes has doubled from 2010 to 2011.
A lot of people are turning to them as a way to give up smoking traditional cigarettes, citing their safety, but doctors with the CDC say that might be a bit premature.
The electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is growing in popularity.
G-T Vapor opened on Calder about a month ago with a regular customer base.
Customers say they're picking up the new pipes for various reasons. Some say they're more healthy, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isn't so sure.
Doctors say the e-cigarette appears to release fewer toxins than traditional cigarettes, but the impact on long-term health needs to be studied especially when combined with traditional cigarettes.
Tim McAfee is the director of the office on smoking and health at CDC.
He says "If large numbers of adult smokers become users of both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes, rather than using e-cigarettes to quit cigarettes completely, the net public health effect could be quite negative."