Debate over e-cigarettes re-kindled by new study - WNEM TV 5

Debate over e-cigarettes re-kindled by new study

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It's a growing trend: ditching tobacco cigarettes for the electronic variety.

"We make an easy switch from burning tobacco to a clean cigarette," Cary Lee said.

Lee, the president of Saginaw-based A Clean Cigarette, said his product is better than the traditional kind.

But a new study by researchers at Central Michigan University may make you think twice.

Researchers at CMU released a video, detailing their study, which revealed e-cigarette vapors could lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema.

Smokers TV5 spoke to said they aren't convinced e-cigarettes are better, either.

"It's not any different than this," said Tyler Remington. "So why would I [switch]? It's more expensive initially."

"I've tried e-cigarettes," said Charlie Drake. "It's not the same. It just seems so synthetic. It's just something I don't want to put inside me."

Back inside A Clean Cigarette's Bay Road location, despite no FDA approval or safety rating, Lee said his customers report feeling better and healthier when switching.

"We got them on this," Lee said. "And because this little fake cigarette got them off tobacco, they seemed to get better and breathe better. And get them off oxygen."

And even though the research goes back and forth, Lee believes his product is the way to go.

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