For me, Yes, they are safer than tobacco cigs. That’s not to say that they are completely safe though.
If you’re serious about checking it out here are some resources:
E-Cig forum News section: http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/e…
Dr. Siegel’s New Website: http://www.tobaccocontrolintegrity.com/
This Dr. used to be employed by the anti-tobacco industry and now speaks out against their false claims and scare tactics. His site has some good info on e-cigs too.
Just do some research or present these sites along with the idea to your family member. When I found that forum I was on it constantly for days just reading and learning before I bought one. Two weeks after I had it – I was completely off of tobacco cigs.