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Initial lab tests performed by the FDA found detectable levels of carcinogens and toxic chemicals in e-cigarettes, including an ingredient used in anti‐freeze.

As smokers turn to electronic cigarettes, doctors question their safety

by Lauryn Schroeder
May 2, 2013

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Some doctors think e-cigarettes are not as safe as advertisements say.

The world's biggest seller of tobacco, Altria Group Inc., announced last week that it plans to enter into the electronic cigarette market. E-cigarette sales reached approximately $500 million in 2012 and that number is expected to double in 2013. Companies are marketing the product as safer than cigarettes. But very little is known about the electronic smoking alternative and some researchers are questioning their safety.