Vapers argue that the emissions from a few ingredients must be cleaner than the thousands of charred chemicals flowing from the average cigarette. Critics worry that the devices and the components of their associated vapor are “untried, untested and unknown,” in the words of Stella Bialous, president of the San Francisco consulting firm Tobacco Policy International. In the California Senate, lawmakers recently approved a bill that would ban vaping from every place smoking is already prohibited.
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Can electronic cigarettes help smokers kick the traditional habit?
E-cigarettes are unregulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, making it difficult for consumers to know how much nicotine or other chemicals they may be inhaling. The agency has announced its intention to regulate the products as tobacco but has not provided a time frame. Regulation would subject the products to the same standards and scrutiny as conventional cigarettes. Manufacturers contend e-cigarettes are safer because they do not contain tar, which has been linked to lung cancer, and do not have a flame. Regulators point to the potential long-term dangers of inhaling vaporized nicotine and other chemicals.
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Electronic cigarettes sprout on Boston shelves
Ho / Los Angeles) Darrin Gold had been smoking for 27 years when he picked up an electronic cigarette. The Los Angeles real estate broker had tried to quit via nicotine gum, patches and lozenges, and didn’t hold out much hope for the personal vaporizer. A few days later, he trashed his traditional cigarettes. Technically, e-cigarettes are not stop-smoking devices and may not be marketed as such.
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E-smokes rising: Sales skyrocket for ‘healthier’ nicotine fix
While the FDA continues to study the products, business is booming. In fact, the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association estimates that there are currently four million Americans using e-cigarettes with a market cap of $600 million, said Thomas R. Kikla, a spokesman for the Georgia-based trade organization. He explained that the group’s name includes the word “tobacco” because nicotine is derived from the plant. SURPRISING STUDY A recent study conducted in Europe showed they were effective in getting smokers off tobacco — even smokers who had no intention of quitting.
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