For those trying to quit smoking, is vaping a safe alternative?

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MACON, Ga. -- Harvard Medical School says cigarettes are the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.

This New Year's Eve, some say their resolution is to quit smoking -- using e-cigarettes to wean themselves off.

Brandon Curtis says he started smoking as a young boy.

"When I was about 10 years old," he said. "It started off as just I saw my parents doing it, so I kind of figured I'd try it out, see what it's like. So it kind of started as pulling a cigarette or two out of their pack every morning when they weren't looking."

Curtis says that's when it escalated. Before he knew it, he was hooked.

"About 4 years ago I had a son," he said. "Everybody sees the statistics that when you live in a household that has smoking in it, you fall into that category later down the road."

So he decided to quit.

"Me and my wife tried cold turkey," Curtis said. "We tried the nicotine gum, the patches -- all that type of stuff and it just never really worked well for us."

That's when Curtis says he found E-cigarettes, also known as vapes.

And after giving it a try, he found out he can use those to wean himself off the nicotine. Curtis says the difference with a vape is you can control how much nicotine is in each.

"The main difference is the fact that you are inhaling a vapor instead of smoke and a lot of people don't really catch the difference between that," he said.

According to the CDC, E-cigarettes have the potential to help adult smokers who aren't pregnant if people use them as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes.

But experts warn E-cigarettes could be harmful to some people and there's more research that needs to be done about if it's a good idea to use them to quit.


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