• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Are e-cigarettes safe?

July 20, 2018

a neon sign saying e-cigs, advertising e-cigarettesE-cigarettes: Are they safe? 
E-cigarettes are an increasingly popular alternative to regular cigarettes, but are they safe? Manufacturers say yes, but there's no scientific evidence to support that claim, and experts warn of health risks. Here's what you need to know.

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