The director of the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center says electronic cigarettes are “quite harmful”. Dr. Mark Evers was answering questioned posed to him by lawmakers on the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee.
Dr. Evers says current research on e-cigs indicate that they may be “every bit as dangerous” as smoking tobacco. E-cigarettes deliver a vaporized solution that may or may not contain nicotine. Members of the committee say they’re trying to gauge the health impact of e-cigarettes because some local jails provide the devices to inmates at cost.
Part of the funding for the research comes from the 1998 tobacco settlement with 46 states including Kentucky.