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This week: E-cigarettes, opiates and digestive diseases

Electronic cigarettes, promoted as producing water vapor instead of smoke, actually produce an aerosol with tiny particles that could cause lung problems, according to Theresa Hankin, a respiratory therapist at the Upstate Cancer Center.

The tobacco-derived liquid in e-cigarettes and related devices contains highly addictive nicotine and traces of elements like heavy metals, Hankin notes. Although some tout the devices as a way to quit smoking, many people end up using both kinds of cigarettes.

She says that much research needs to be done and that the Food and Drug Administration has just begun to regulate the e-cigarette industry, which has been marketing its products to young consumers.

Also on this week’s show: how a mother’s opiate use affects her baby, plus a conversation about digestive diseases.

Join us this Sunday at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for HealthLink on Air.