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HHS HealthBeat (March 30, 2011)

E-cigarettes


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Ads market electronic cigarettes as quit-smoking aids and as a way to get a nicotine fix where people can’t smoke. And it looks like the pitches find a market.

At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Ayers looked at real-time Google searches. He found e-cigarette searches were up sharply. And he found more searches in states where smoking restrictions are tighter.

Ayers says e-cigarettes may have more risks than people realize:

``These aren’t pure nicotine mixtures with flavor additives. They include other toxic chemicals as well as residue that you find in traditional tobacco products.’’ (10 seconds)

The study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2011