Electronic Cigarettes

By: Josh Gauntt Email
By: Josh Gauntt Email

Noah Shuler has been a smoker for over 20 years, smoking 3 to 5 cartons a week. He's tried quitting more than 40 times, but nothing seems to work. So he's trying electronic cigarettes.

"Actually it tastes pretty good," Shuler said.

The electronic cigarette's manufacturer claims they will help Shuler, and millions of other Americans, quit smoking.

The pen-like lithium battery-operated cigarettes contain cartridges filled with different levels of nicotine flavor.

Smokin' Vapor owner, Lori Switla, smoked for 30 years before recently making the switch.

"It was very easy for me to make the adjustment," Switla said.

According to the American Association of Public Health Physicians, the electronic cigarettes could save hundreds of thousands of lives.

"They are saying they have never seen another product that stands to save as many lives," Switla said.

But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has its doubts.

The FDA sees the cigarettes as drug delivery devices that contain one off the same chemicals used in antifreeze. Opponents claims the electric cigarettes could increase nicotine addiction among young people.

Switla says the FDA's studies aren't conclusive enough and that her product is safe to consumers.

"So not only will it save the people who smoke it, but also all the people around them," Switla said.

"Unlike traditional cigarettes, people around you aren't breathing in the smoke. It’s only water vapor.

"It's smooth and I can feel the nicotine in it," Shuler added.

Shuler is hoping to one day quit smoking. In the meantime, he says he'll try whatever it takes to kick his habit.

Switla says the electronic cigarettes are a lot cheaper than the traditional ones. She says you'll save on average over $900 a year.

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  • by Lori Location: Panama City,FL on Nov 8, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    Well, I wanted the news crew to have the most research information possible. So I gave them print outs of all the AAPHP info and others. However, the DEG thing was old news and not given to them by me. Though I did tell them the FDA's original gripe about it. And let them know that they are no longer using that as a complaint! Now they are saying that they are worried that expensive e-cigs (the kind that people don't throw out car windows, or pitch when walking into a store) are gonna fall into the hands of children! If they are so worried about children getting their hands on nicotine products, then consider the newest request by the FDA.... telling tobacco companies that they must add a chemical to the cigarettes that will cause them to stop burning when not being attended to! Now the kids hanging outside the mall will have TONS of cigarette butts, with lots of smoke time left on them!
  • by Sean Location: Kentucky on Nov 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    Chanel 7, thank you for what is one of the most fair reports on e-cigs/personal vaporizers that I've seen. It looks like you guys actually did a little bit of research, considering you mentioned the AAPHP and their stance on the products. You're still a little off the mark about the DEG, which was found in very low concentrations in 1 out of the 19 catridges tested, and not at all in the resulting vaporized mist. Tis is likely due to an instance of poor quality control in a Chinese facility. Several distributors in both the US and UK are making their own nicotine liquids and show excellent quality control. All in all, a fairly nicely balanced piece of journalism. If you are interested in further looking into this, visit the ECF (e-cigarette-forum.com), where you will find collections of pertinent information. It may seem like a biased source, but the folks there are mostly concerned that what could be a life-saving product is being taken away from them. Thanks again, Channel 7.
  • by Rob Location: Miami on Oct 29, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    E cigarettes have been around for over 4 years but are now becoming popular. I have used them for about a year and have tried mostly all brands and found they pretty much all do the same thing. I base my purchases on price now. ekocigs.com sells them for under 50 bucks with the charging pack.
  • by Ken Location: Zag on Oct 26, 2009 at 01:57 AM
    Some say that using electronic cigarettes can help you quit smoking. Currently there is no scientific evidence for or against it. One option is to gradually lower the level of nicotine in your cartridges to become nicotine and tobacco free. The other option is to smoke electronic cigarettes with zero nicotine cartridges while applying nicotine patches. That way you separate addiction and habit. Take a look at this discussion forum thread. Good Luck! It's not easy ... http://www.ecigarettes365.com/forum/quit
  • by Mikay Location: Marianna, FL on Oct 25, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    I smoked 2 packs a day for almost 30 years. Now I have been "vaping" for 2 months. I haven't touched a real cigarette. I wouldn't give up my e cigarettes for anything. Like the saying goes, "They will have to pry it from my cold dead hands". I think every smoker should switch to e cigarettes. My best friend and 2 of my sisters now vape also. I had cancer last year and NEEDED to quit smoking. This is the only thing that worked. To anyone thinking about trying it I say don't hesitate for a minute. Just make sure you get a good one or two or three or four...lol
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