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Continued: E-cigs: Just how safe are they?

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 11, 2013 - 10:18 PM

The group’s president, Matt Black, said his first e-cigarette meant his last real cigarette. A device that physically mimicked his smoking mannerisms was key to to quitting.

“For 17 years, I was constantly hand to mouth (with a cigarette),” Black said. “I was blowing out smoke. I was breathing differently. All of those things play a role in that addiction. We found a way to maintain those habits in a way that’s not going to kill us.”

Black said he hopes the U study will ultimately find e-cigarettes safe, so more people would use them to quit real cigarettes.

Hatsukami said a key aspect of the study is looking at the different types of e-cigarettes to see if some are more harmful than others. (To enroll, call 612-624-4568.)

“Although the majority of the products don’t contain toxicants that are cancer-causing, there are a few that do,” she said. “There is a lot of variability out there.”


Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744


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