From what has to be the most e-cigarette unfriendly state in the Union, comes this brief news piece out of Springfield Mass. TV station ABC40 interviewed a shop owner who apparently reluctantly started stocking e-cigarettes due to popular demand. He reported many customers quit tobacco altogether (no wonder he was reluctant.) Once the shopkeeper finishes his interview, cue the medical expert.
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.
It's a good thing those patches and gum don't contain nicotine. Oh yeah. Actually, as obvious as the statement is, I agree that nonsmokers probably shouldn't bother with e-cigarettes. But for those of us who are smokers and former smokers, the nicotine tends to be the point.