Harvard Men's Health Watch

Electronic cigarettes

Q. After smoking for over 15 years, I finally quit eight months ago, but I still miss my cigarettes. I recently heard about electronic cigarettes. Are they safe?

A. Whatever you do, don't give in to the lure of cigarettes, or all your hard work and health gains will go up in a puff of smoke.

Now to your question. The short answer is that nobody knows if electronic cigarettes, also marketed as e-cigarettes, are safe. That's because e-cigarette makers have not submitted their products for FDA approval, which would require proof of safety and efficacy. Still, preliminary studies from New Zealand, Greece, and the FDA itself raise concerns.

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