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Well the numbers show that more smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes as they're called as an alternative to the real deal and despite the lack of information on the long term benefits.
Or risks of using the device according to the CDC.
More than 20% of smokers -- used.
6% of all adults have actually tried them Bloomberg News projects that.
Industry revenue will double the one billion dollars this year and reach three billion dollars within five years let's bring in the doctors.
For more on this Dr.
Manny Alvarez courses senior managing editor Fox News health dot com he's a member of the medical -- team.
And doctor -- crystal is chair a genetic medicine.
At New York Presbyterian Hospital gentlemen good to see both thanks very much doctor -- -- at first because you've actually been doing some research on these.
You -- it and it's basically nicotine delivery device.
And the concern is that of course it impacts the insides of the airwaves and the question is does it cause any damage you brought one of them with you here.
So this is in -- basically this is a way for smokers.
To get the nicotine debt that they that they crave that they're addicted to.
But without without the smoke.
That's exactly right there is a propellant sort of like spring cam that that moves nicotine into a -- and that's what you would have and so for people who are addicted.
Two regular cigarettes and who may be looking for a they're healthier alternative what would you set.
I would say I thought well first I'd say stop smoking right but it's a lot better than smoking cigarettes probably.
But if you had the choice -- probably use nicotine patch or some other delivered to us the whole idea.
-- about a -- -- -- cigarette.
It it sounds like -- -- an oxy moron.
It's like -- healthy hamburger -- look this is another gimmick.
By the pharmacy by the tobacco companies.
If you look at the rates of smoking in this country about fifty million Americans smoke and we know for sure that.
You know nicotine is addictive.
-- and when and in the multiple studies that have been done looking at the specific device.
The deals delivery system -- you can get a lot of nicotine you can get very little they contain.
And -- you look at some of the preliminary studies that have been done.
They have found chemicals also.
That I have been linked to -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Things that we know that regular cigarettes may have perhaps a smaller quantities and so I -- end of the day what is this.
Again this is -- -- a gimmick to keep people addicted.
It is impossible.
For anybody who struggle with smoking to say look I want to switch to electronic cigarettes.
And I wanna quit smoking altogether knowing you can because you're still getting the nicotine additional face out of the negative TV go through -- at least you go from.
X amount of milligrams and -- down and down and down.
So this is a big problem this is -- thing that needs to be regulated and I think eventually he's going to be regulator dislike any tobacco products.
And to -- as a practicing physician what I I fear with this the most.
Is the rates of teen smoking.
This is making teenagers pick up these little devices.
Which they can easily get without any regulation you know let me play want to buy one of these things and anywhere in the country and she can -- candy store and ask for one of these things.
And you know if you look at the statistics people that have used.
All right understood.
But I just wonder for folks who are going to smoke and and and maybe they live with somebody in the house.
That they don't want to breed their secondhand smoke.
Not that we're condone smoking in any way shape or form but is this a way.
For -- a smoker someone who is addicted to nicotine to get their nicotine without endangering perhaps loved ones who they live what.
It probably is a better way however we don't know and I agree absolutely we just don't know whether the safe and that clearly it's the giving you the addictive -- -- And so I would recommend I agree absolutely that use the patch rather than using electronic cigarettes.
I used the patch thirteen years ago quit smoking and it -- and it works look at you happy to say gentlemen thank you both very much doctor Manny Alvarez Dr.
All the best to you -- video.
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