Friday, August 2, 2013

Hard to find e-cigarette downsides

Aug 2, 2013 by 
e-cigaretteLast week, a courteous man turned to me in a crowd and said, “I hope this doesn’t offend you,” and “puffed” on an e-cigarette, exhaling a plume of vapor that dissolved into the air. Although the end glowed like a regular cigarette, there was no secondhand smoke.
As a non-smoker — amid a growing debate — e-cigarettes inspire my interest. Are they the answer to cigarette addiction and secondhand smoke?
There was no tar and no smell, and they seem safer than regular cigarettes. They are free of the hundreds of additives, chemicals, smoke and carbon monoxide plaguing regular cigarettes. As a delivery system for nicotine (the addictive part of regular cigarettes), they mimic smoking and help smokers ease off their addiction to cigarettes, physically and behaviorally.