What's in e-cigarettes; are they safe? A few issues to consider before you vape

Posted: 3/20/2014

From The Washington Post:

Maybe a friend or family member uses one. Maybe you've seen one being fired up in a place where you thought smoking was banned, such as a restaurant or sporting arena. Or maybe you're using one yourself to try to kick a tobacco habit.

Whatever your experience is with electronic cigarettes, it appears that the battery-powered devices, which deliver a form of nicotine and mimic the feel of traditional cigarettes, are here to stay. Sales grew from about $500 million in 2012 to an estimated $1.5 billion in 2013. That's a fraction of the tobacco cigarette market - roughly $100 billion per year - but it reflects rapid growth, in contrast to the steady decline in tobacco cigarette sales. Read more.