Dueling reports detail the hazards of electronic cigarettes

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HOUSTON, TX – It’s a case of ‘he said, she said.’ or at least, ‘he found, she found.’ a study conducted by the French National Consumers’ Institute, says electronic cigarettes can be just as harmful as regular cigarettes.

The news comes on the heels of other crackdowns on e-cigs. The city of Seal Beach, California voted to create a 45-day moratorium on electronic cigarette vendors while state lawmakers push to pass senate bill 648, which would place the same restrictions on e-cigarettes as traditional cigarettes.

The French Health Minister announced in May that the country’s ban on smoking in public places would be extended to include electronic cigarettes. And now, even the city of New York is considering whether the vapor inhalers should be treated as traditional cigarettes as well.

The crackdown has e-cigarette vendors, like Greg Minor of Electronic Cigarettes of Houston, scratching their heads.

“It will push people,’ Minor says. ‘If it becomes more convenient to smoke, people are going to go back to smoking, and you’re telling a lot of vapors, or electronic cigarette users at this point to go back to smoking.”

While electronic cigarettes aren’t marketed as smoking cessation devices, many have turned to them for just such purpose, trading in the old flint-fire ready-rolls for the heated vapor.

And while the national consumers’ institute stands by its study, Drexel University has conducted its own, countering that ‘exposure to vapors from contaminants in electronic cigarettes do not warrant a concern.’

At this point, it’s anybody’s guess. Though it’s clear most folks would argue that anything is better smoking traditional cigarettes.