"It's not smoking. What you're actually inhaling is a vapor. These electronic cigarettes are battery powered and they vaporize nicotine, so you're inhaling the nicotine vapor. So, you're getting the nicotine hit, but without the toxic smoke and contents of the cigarette and the tar. Smokers say it has the taste, the feel, the draw of a real cigarette."
"Tobacco smoke causes nearly 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. "If it is a choice between smoking tobacco product or a nicotine replacement — of course, keep taking the nicotine," Dr. Steven Schroeder said. "It is a heck of a lot healthier than tobacco smoking."
"Basically, the E-Cigarette offers a real smoking experience without any of the unpleasant side-effects of traditional tobacco smoking."
"Manufacturers have touted the products as a healthier alternative to smoking because no burning is involved, and there's no hazardous cocktail of cancer-causing chemicals."
"Complete with an LCD light that mimics a butt's glowing ember, e-cigarettes are designed to replicate the experience of smoking. An onlooker wouldn't even notice that it is vapor blowing from the "smoker's" lips, not smoke. What isn't replicated, however, is the tar, laundry list of harsh chemicals, or many of the side effects associated with tobacco cigarettes."
Dr. Edwin Salsitz
Director, Division of Chemical Dependency at Beth Israel Medical Center.
"The American Association of Public Health Physicians just announced they think e-cigs could save 4 million smoker's lives within the next 20 years."
"Users and distributors say e-cigarettes address both the nicotine addiction and the behavioral aspects of smoking — the holding of the cigarette, the puffing, seeing the smoke come out and the hand motion — without the more than 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes."
"The devices, which resemble real cigarettes and are powered by rechargeable batteries, produce a nicotine mist that is absorbed in the lungs. The cigarettes, made of steel, have a chamber for storing liquid nicotine in different concentrations."