Courtesy WikipediaI’ve never been a smoker, never wanted to be a smoker and have a real hard time understanding smoking.
But I do have a bit of an understanding on how difficult it is for people to quit smoking. I’ve seen a number of friends and relatives struggle to kick the habit.
While there can be widespread viewpoints on the pros and cons of smoking, I think it’s pretty safe to say that everyone knows that smoking can have severe health consequences to the smoker – with lung cancer and heart disease being the main culprits.
Now along comes a new device – the e-cigarette – that hopes to cut down the health risks of smoking. It’s an electronic devices that same size as a cigarette with a battery-powered dispenser inside that atomizes, or mists, amounts of nicotine to be inhaled by the “smoker.” In effect, the e-smoker gets the fix of nicotine a cigarette delivers while keeping out the tar and toxic gases that can lead to the highest forms of health risks.
Here’s the personal story of the e-cigarette inventor from China. And below is a marketing video of one of the online retailers that sell the product.
Here in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration is still studying the product. For the time being, it’s relegated the sale of e-cigarettes to the same condition as the sale of regular cigarettes, that they’re only available to those who are of legal age.
But several smoking cessation organizations are not giving the e-cigarette their seal of approval and are noting that the device is not a proven way to stop smoking. It merely is delivering nicotine to the user in a new way.
I can see that there area lot of positive health benefits to smokers to use the e-cigarette and keep a lot of harmful materials from getting into their body. But if the addiction to nicotine continues, will the e-cigarette user still be temped to go back to regular cigarettes.
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