Before the story airs: E-cigarettes have Dr. Mask's attention –

By Dr. Allen Mask, WRAL Health Team physician

E-cigarettes have my attention. As a doctor in private practice, I see many patients with smoking-related illnesses. Many cigarette smokers are turning to e-cigarettes to help them kick the habit. Vaping is becoming so popular, I wanted to report more in-depth on it.

Why are e-cigarettes not a part of formal smoking cessation programs? What is the success rate in people using vaping to stop smoking? Why are e-cigarettes attractive to youth who have never smoked? What is in the vapor you breathe using an e-cigarette?

We speak to the experts who have the answers, including a doctor who co-created the nicotine patch and an oncologist who desperately wants his patients off tobacco. We also visit a local facility which makes nicotine solutions for e-cigarettes, one of only a few of its kind in the country.

I learned a lot on this story. I think you will, too. Join me for our Health Team report at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday on WRAL-TV.

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