Electronic cigarettes gaining popularity in South Florida

Electronic cigarettes could rekindle battles over smoking in public

Flavoring and nicotine are added to a base primarily made up of propylene glycol and glycerin. A lithium battery in the device heats the liquid, turning it to vapor. njoy “Once you get used to this, you like this better than cigarettes,” said Oscar Rodriguez, Director of Business Development at Vapor Shark. “You don’t smell, it doesn’t stain your teeth, it doesn’t stick to your clothes.” Some people turn to vaping as an alternative to smoking. Others use it to quit the habit altogether, but experts said there are still questions about the safety of e-cigarettes. “They’re certainly interesting devices and we need to know more, but we don’t know enough yet,” said Dr.
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Electronic Cigarettes — Let’s Think Before We Inhale

Concerns about harm from secondhand vapor are not at the forefront. While a 2012 German study found that the vapor is an “aerosol of ultrafine particles,” no studies have shown it to be dangerous. But Moffitt and others question claims that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit. “We’d strongly recommend anyone from using them,” he said, “especially with so many other valid smoking-cessation devices and techniques that we know work.” He also doubts that the e-cigarette industry, which includes big tobacco companies, would encourage people to stop using nicotine entirely.
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It is possible that there may be therapeutic value to a vaporized nicotine product for the purpose of tobacco use cessation and we should certainly explore this possibility. But, to make this decision, specific products must be reviewed and evaluated by the FDA through established processes demonstrating safety and efficacy before bringing them to market. Today one in six Americans already have the disease of addiction — that’s more than the number with heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Another 80 million engage in substance use in ways that threaten health and safety. Addiction and risky substance use is the largest preventable and most costly health problem in the U.S.
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