E-cigarettes have recently become popularized and are thought to be a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes. This informative video debunks this myth by explaining what e-cigarettes are and how they work, as well as delving into the effects that they have on the body. The video also suggests resources and healthy alternatives to smoking for those who want to quit.
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This video was made by McMaster students Ava Oliaei, Nadia Butt and Nour-Eddin Garada in collaboration with the McMaster Demystifying Medicine Program.
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