E-Cigarettes: Good Or Bad?

Two rows of e-cigarettes in different colorsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 cigarette smokers use e-cigarettes. But are they good or bad for you?

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Instead of inhaling smoke as with regular cigarettes, users of e-cigarettes inhale vaporized liquid made up of a mixture of water and nicotine as well as other substances sometimes added for flavor and texture.

Since this vapor has a much lower content of carcinogens than traditional cigarettes, and since people tend to take fewer puffs on average (and thereby inhale less of the product), e-cigarettes seem to have a lower risk for both smokers and bystanders.