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E-Cigarettes: Business Is Igniting, But Will Smokers Get Burned?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- E-cigarette manufacturers are raking in the profits, thanks to a current lack of federal marketing regulations. And because they are perceived as “healthier,” electronic versions of cigarettes, which administer a vaporized dose of nicotine instead of smoke, are being used more and more by smokers.

CDC stats show 21 percent of smokers had used e-cigarettes, up from 10 percent in 2010. Now in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, two leading smoking cessation experts offer conflicting views about e-cigarette regulation, pro and con.   

Pro: A Georgetown University Medical Center physician, who maintains that without oversight, manufacturers of e-cigarettes will be able to flood the market with cheaper versions that may contain more nicotine and contaminants than products manufactured by pharmaceutical companies.  

Con: A tobacco dependence expert at Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London argues that in comparison to cigarettes, e-cigarettes are the lesser evil, and placing them under the same regulation standards as medical devices would make them too expensive to compete with cigarettes in the marketplace.

Bottom line: It can take years before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completes the necessary research for proposing e-cigarette regulation. In the meantime, smokers may want to choose with caution.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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