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Would you/Do you smoke an e-cigarrette?

Posted by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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E-Cigarettes Bring Smokers Back Inside, For Now

3 min 12 sec

Smoking used to be sexy. Look at Mad Men or . But that was then. These days, Americans are buying fewer cigarettes. Just this week, U.S. tobacco companies released their first quarter earnings, and, unsurprisingly, cigarette sales were down from last year.

But that doesn't mean tobacco companies aren't still profitable. Smoke-free products like e-cigarettes are marketed as a less harmful alternative. And, for now at least, you can puff them indoors.

E-cigarettes are made to look like regular cigarettes, but they're far more complicated.

"It's an electronic device that uses a battery, and it heats an liquid nicotine solution that users then inhale like they would a traditional cigarette," explains reporter Michael Felberbaum, who for the Associated Press.

Cigarette Ads Are Back On TV

Advertising e-cigarettes on TV might be a short-lived privilege, too.


This ad for NJoy E-Cigarettes ran during Super Bowl XLVII this year.


Actor Stephen Dorff encourages smokers to smoke "virtually anywhere" in this ad for Blu E-Cigarettes.

Smoking Freely, For Now

You may have already seen e-cigarettes for sale at your local drugstore. So have all the major tobacco companies, and they want to compete.

"As of very recently, all of the top tobacco companies have announced plans or already have an electronic cigarette on the market," Felberbaum says.

Altria, the company that brought you the Marlboro Man — is the last American tobacco company to say they plan to release an e-cigarette later this year. They're behind tobacco company Lorillard Inc., who purchased the e-cigarette maker Blu last year.

Freedom to puff on an e-cigarette indoors might sound great to smokers sick of looking like aging hoodlums in doorways, but e-cigarette fans shouldn't necessarily get used to it. Local governments are already taking steps to limit e-smoking in places where traditional smoking is banned.

Regulation May Be On The Way

The FDA warns that more research needs to be done on the health risks of inhaling liquid nicotine.

"The FDA has said that it plans to assert regulatory authority over electronic cigarettes. And that could lead to them being regulated in the same way as cigarettes as far as marketing is concerned," Felberbaum says.

That hasn't stopped people calling them an effective way to quit smoking. Actress Katherine Heigl even puffed one on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2010. However, because of the way e-cigarettes are classified, manufacturers can't advertise the product that way.

"The companies are not allowed to market them as smoking cessation devices because that would put them in the category of other nicotine replacement products that are regulated by the FDA, such as nicotine gum or patches," Felberbaum says.

So for now, e-cigarette smokers can pretty much puff away, and they are.
Industry experts say U.S. sales could even reach 1 billion this year.

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by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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by Silver Member on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:26 PM

My aunt does but I guess it's not enough because she has gone back to smoking when she shouldn't because she's having health issues. She's been a chain smoker forever. 

by AllieCat on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:27 PM

I see many people with them, every where.

I tried them.  Don't like them.

by Platinum Member on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:29 PM
I'm not a smoker myself, but I do know someone who successfully used them to quit.
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:31 PM
My husband has one. He does use it at his work but he works 12 hours a day seven days a week. They have deadlines that need to be met and he is stressed. Most of the guys he works with have one. But he only uses it while on the job he doesn't smoke at all when he is home
by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:34 PM

My husband has one and hasn't smoked a real cigarette since he got his e-cigarette. I tried it a few times but I don't really like it.

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by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:37 PM
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Nope. I quit cold turkey a year ago (regular cigs). I'm wary of these e-cigs. I haven't seen a lot of people smoking them indoors, although there was a woman recently smoking one on an airplane. 

by Ruby Member on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I want to try to use them to quit.  People talk about the flavors in the vaporizers but I do NOT want a grape-flavored cigarette.  So I am back and forth.

by Platinum Member on Apr. 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM
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Yes I  use the E-cigarette.  I use a different brand, one from Trio club 51.  I use the lowest form of filter which is 0..which carries at this point no nicotine. Only vapor/water. I have not smoked a real cigarette in over 14 months, and the only time I reach for my e cig. is when I am in a bar for karaoke night once or twice a week.  Right now I am not going anyway for a while cause I tripped and landed splat on my chin onto a a hard tile floor which in turn fractured my jaw., so, not only does the motion of sucking hurt but I cannot even eat solid foods. (and I cannot sing either obviously).  so all my favorites are out.  I guess I will loose weight while not even e-smoking.  lol.  (little joke about weight gain and smoking sessasation). 

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by Whoopie on Apr. 28, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I have reactive airway issues- so, no. 

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