Are e-cigarettes really safe?

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February 24, 2014 9:03:35 AM PST
Electronic cigarette sales have exploded, from $500 million in 2012 to an estimated $1.5 billion in 2013. But are they safe?

ABC30 in Fresno reports that the number of e-cigarette users who actually quit smoking cigarettes is low -- only about 7 percent after six months, according to a study last fall.

It's not clear yet what the long-term effects of using e-cigarettes will be. And with enticing, tasty flavors, they could even serve as a step to tobacco smoking for young people, the study claims.

Consumer Reports' advice is don't start with e-cigarettes just for fun, ABC30 reports. And if you're trying to quit smoking, stick with approved and better-studied methods, including nicotine gum, patches and counseling.

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