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E-Cigarettes And Smoking

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There has been a significant increase in the popularity of this alternative to smoking, but health officials are still weighing the positive and negative health effects.  Some say “vaping” with e-cigarettes is much healthier than smoking, but others are worried that the addictive qualities of e-smoking are being downplayed or ignored.

GUESTS:

  • Dr. Jose Montero - director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Michael Siegelprofessor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.

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