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Can Electronic Cigarettes Help You Stop Smoking?

photo(71)SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –By now you’ve probably seen the commercial for Blu Cigarettes. They’re just one type of electronic cigarette, or E-cig.

They release the same amount of nicotine that you’d get smoking tobacco cigarettes. A battery operated heater turns special fluid, flavor, and nicotine into a vapor.

Karen Carey swears by them. “I smoked for 36 years and I had given up on quitting. I had tried the patch, gum, given up cold turkey and nothing worked. I stared to use it and it was like, this could actually work. Within a week I had no desire to ever smoke,” she said.

There are some advantages to using these electronic cigarettes. There’s no smell, there are no ashes, and few carcinogens.

Buckeye Brothers Smoke Shop owner David Glantz says he didn’t want to sell them at first but he had to supply them to meet the demand.  “I’ve seen a lot of people actually transition from smoking cigarettes to going to the electronic cigarettes very easily and wean themselves off tobacco completely. I’ve seen a big uptick in sales because of the e-cigs,” he stated.

However, they’re not exactly good for you. In fact, you could run into the same short-term health problems smoking e-cigs as you would with regular cigarettes.  “There’s one study showing the expired Nitrogen Oxide Concentration and it affected air movement through the lungs. a definite thing is if  you’re not already a cigarette smoker, please don’t start with the e-cigs because they have nicotine, which is very addictive,” said Dr. Douglas Johnson, at Baystate Medical Center’s Pulmonary Care Unit.

Dr. Johnson suggests that if you are looking for a way to stop smoking, it might be best to stick with patches and gums that are already on the market because the FDA has not yet approved the use of e-cigs.

Long term respiratory effects of e-cigs are unknown.

It’s also unknown if e-cigs have encouraged young people to try other tobacco products as well.

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