Electronic Cigarettes Growing in Popularity

June 24, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM EDT

By HILARY LANE

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June 24, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM EDT

It may be hard to believe but Greg Minkewicz kicked his habit of smoking two packs of tobacco-filled cigarettes a day by smoking an electronic cigarette.

"I tried it out and off the bat its worked for me like nothing has before," said Minkewicz.

It's a smokeless way to get a nicotine fix without all of the other chemicals in tobacco cigarettes.

Minkewicz now woks at Juicy Vapor in Tonawanda, which sells electronic smoking devices.

The electronic cigarettes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. As, the popularity of these products continues to rise, more and more research is being done to look into the possible side effects.

"There is a difference between safer and safer," said Maciej Goniewicz, Tobacco and Smokeless Researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. "When we compare with tobacco cigarettes, we think they are safer."

Researchers say the healthiest option is to quit smoking all together.

However, if that's not possible, electronic cigarettes have been found to have thousands of less toxins than tobacco cigarettes.

Researchers predict within 10 years, the number of e-cigarette smokers will surpass the number of tobacco smokers in the us.