(WTVM) - Electronic cigarettes represent a booming, billion dollar industry and are on track to outsell tobacco products within a decade.
Are e-cigarettes safer than tobacco, or are they a high-tech way to hook a new generation on a bad nicotine habit?
Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University tells us more.
E-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA, and they are not shown to be safer than traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes contain a cartridge filled with liquid, flavored nicotine that may be appealing to children. Some children have harmed themselves by ingesting the nicotine, which is poisonous.
Because many people believe that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, the younger generation may not be fully aware of the hazards of smoking.
However, in some cases e-cigarettes have helped smokers quit their habit.
Watch the video for more details.