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Are cigarettes you buy online safe to use?

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Cigarettes bought online are safe to the degree that smoking any kind of cigarette is safe. However, e-cigarettes bought online from China do present additional risks to the already harmful habit.

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As of 2015, the CDC considers cigarette smoking harmful to the human body, and notes that 480,000 Americans die every year from the long-term effects of cigarette smoke. Therefore, smoking cigarettes from any vendor, online or otherwise, is not a safe activity. Almost every major brand worldwide is available online, no different in danger from the counterparts available in brick-and-mortar stores.

However, some countries' cigarettes do have harmful features not found in domestic brands. For example, e-cigarettes from China have much higher levels of hazardous nickel and chromium vapor. If buying cigarettes online, you should avoid foreign brands from countries with loose manufacturing regulations.

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