Electronic Cigarettes — Let’s Think Before We Inhale
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Within three days of last summer’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado-based e-cigarette company, VeppoCig.com, offered free trial kits to anyone who had been at the theater and was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. “Above all, we are a company that cares for the health of our customers. We understand that they are going through a difficult time and we want to help,” the company announced. John Paul Pollock, of The Vapor Store in Golden, described e-cigarettes as “a dignified alternative for people who smoke.” However, Walton rejects comparison to other stop-smoking products – such as the FDA-approved nicotine patch and nicotine-infused gum.
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Its shares rose 41 cents to $44.82 this link in morning trading Thursday. Most tobacco companies have been raising prices and cutting costs to keep profits up as the recession and declining demand cut into cigarette sales. Tax increases, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma also have made the cigarette business tougher. Lorillard, based in Greensboro, N.C., says its cigarette shipments fell about 2 percent to 10.44 billion cigarettes.
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– The dangers of smoking are well known, which include lung cancer and chronic diseases like emphysema. Still, many enjoy the habit and others struggle to quit, all the while suffering the consequences. “Every day I would wake up, I would be out of breath,” said Roger Izaguirre.
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Clever advertising by the tobacco industry makes e-cigarettes the perfect bridge to other addictive substances including conventional cigarettes. Once again the tobacco industry is marketing the disease of addiction. Harm reduction advocates argue that for those currently addicted to traditional cigarettes e-cigarettes are a less harmful substitute. In a perfect world this may be true, but the research on how these products are actually used is scarce and some of it suggests that e-cigarettes aren’t being used as replacement products but instead are being used to simply supplement other tobacco use and to circumvent current no-smoking policies that have taken decades to achieve. Harm reduction advocates also make the case that e-cigarettes are safer than combustible products because they do not present the risks to others associated with second-hand smoke. While this seems obvious, there is not enough evidence to prove that these products have no second-hand effects.
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