Undated (WXOW) - It's called an Electronic Cigarette, E-cigarette, Personal Vaporizer or PV.
It even looks like a cigarette only it holds a liquid solution that delivers only nicotine vapor to smokers and not the other harmful ingredients found in tobacco cigarettes.
Now a study published in the American Journal of Public Health found many young Americans believe these cigarette substitutes may be more beneficial than they are.
Researchers analyzed data collected data on the awareness and views of E-cigarettes held by more than 2,600 Midwestern adults aged 2o to 28.
The results showed nearly 70 percent of the participants were aware of Electronic Cigarettes and of that group, many thought E-cigarettes could help with quitting smoking. More than half believed they are less harmful than cigarettes and some said they were less addictive.
However, researchers caution not enough is known about the risks of E-cigarettes, and they say there is insufficient evidence to support any benefits.
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