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Electronic cigarettes may resemble “real” cigarettes. But they’re not.

E-cigs don’t burn. They make vapor.

So you don’t smoke them. You vape them -- which about one in five adult cigarette smokers in the United States has tried.

200 plus e-cig brands are being offered in stores and online, many by big tobacco companies. But there’s disagreement about vaping’s safety.

The FDA says analysis of at least two brands of ecigs revealed detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals, as well as small amounts of carcinogenic tobacco-specific nitrosamines…But that’s not all that’s been found.

One ingredient in the vapor is polyethylene glycol, the stuff used for theatrical smoke. It’s an FDA approved food additive commonly found in deodorants, moisturizers, and toothpaste.

A study in the journal Tobacco Control analyzed vapors from a dozen brands and found toxic substances: But at levels from 9 to 450 times lower than in regular cigarette smoke.

Most e-cigs contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. The CDC also says it’s not clear if e-cigs do help people quit smoking. There’s also concern they could entice young people to try them, then get hooked.

If it turns out research shows e cigs are harmful, we can only hope they will be included in smoke-free policies and legislation.