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REPORT: E-Cigs Have 15 Times More Cancer Causing Chemical Than Cigarettes

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NBCRightNow.com - When e-cigs first became popular they were seen as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. A new report shows you may want to think twice before you use them.

NBC Right Now is taking a closer look at the new dangers associated with these devices. One reason cigarettes are known to be unhealthy are from the carcinogens like formaldehyde. A new report from the New England Journal of Medicine shows electronic cigarettes could have up to 15 times more of these cancer causing chemicals.

When the devices are heated up at a high level the carcinogens are released in a vapor form, which is more effective getting into your lungs than in a gas form with cigarettes. Medical experts aren't saying the e-cigarettes are more dangerous just yet. This is just one chemical and there are more than about 8,000 chemicals in most tobacco smoke.

"Whether or not this proves that it will cause lung cancer it's going to take a number of years to show that. It took many many years to show that cigarettes were not good for your health either so, we're going to have to see what happens," said Medical Director at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Dr. Sue Mandell.

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center used to show e-cigs during classes to help people stop smoking. Now they say they've strayed from it because the products aren't FDA approved and many health risks are just unknown at this time. Exposure to these types of carcinogens has been linked to throat and nasal cancers as well as forms of leukemia. 
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