E-Cigarettes: Turning Harm Reduction Into Harm Addiction?

July 2, 2014 1:00 AM

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Electronic cigarettes have become a lightening rod for controversy among experts in the medical profession, with studies supporting their potential to help some smokers quit, while others believe that the electronic devices may serve as a gateway to nicotine addiction by luring teen smokers.

Simply put, nicotine is a highly addictive compound, whether delivered as a vapor or through combustion as a regular tobacco cigarette. It raises your heart rate and blood pressure, and has a direct effect as a stimulant on your central nervous system.

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