No proof e-cigarettes are safe

Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Ottawa Sun file photo.

Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Ottawa Sun file photo.

Aedan Helmer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:37 PM ET

Not only are electronic cigarettes ineffective in helping people quit smoking, "vaping" may be doing more harm than good.

There is no widely-accepted data that proves the method any more effective at treating nicotine addiction than current approved alternatives, and the practice only reinforces the smoking habit.

Even more problematic for public health officials is that the latest rage in nicotine products -- glamourized by Hollywood and becoming increasingly acceptable in social circles -- may be hooking a whole new market on a highly-addictive drug, including impressionable adolescents.

 


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