Jim has been discussing the story that of e-cigarettes and how they may not be as safe as people think.

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Jim has been asking whether or not smokers feel that e-cigarettes are a good alternative to the real thing. Whether smokers find them helpful or not, they may not be the healthy alternative smokers think they are.

According to the FDA website, consumers of e-cigarette products currently have no way of knowing whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use, if there are any benefits associated with the product, and how much nicotine or other potentially-harmful chemicals are being inhaled during usage.

Doing research on the e-cigarettes, the safety of the product depends on who you ask.  The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association says that e-cigarettes pose minimal risk to the user. Yet, an article on WEBMD.com points out the criticisms of using the e-cigarettes.

What do you think? Do you think e-cigarettes are the healthy alternative for smokers? Take the poll below and let us know what you think.