E-cigs debate takes turn: Expert says they may pose less risk than cigarettes
But e-cigarette regulation could be on the way if state legislators adopt a bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-East Bay). SB 648 would amend the state’s civil code and classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, meaning e-cigarettes would be outlawed where regular cigarettes are banned, such as public schools and day-care facilities. State senators passed the bill, 21-10, moving it to the 17-member Assembly Committee on Government Organization. The committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the bill Aug. 7, said Eric Johnson , a committee consultant.
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Electronic cigarettes: No smoking, but lots of fuming
Customers can sit at one of six “bars” with a bartender to try the different flavors of juice. Vapers note that their e-choice is still less harmful than cigarettes, and more pleasant in taste and smell, even if they must go outside to indulge. Nonetheless, there is still risk to the person puffing on an e-cigarette, if the juice contains nicotine.
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Vapor trail may lead to big sales for e-cig shops
Currently available NRT products are not as satisfying and are less acceptable to smokers compared with inhaling and absorbing nicotine from cigarette smoke, Benowitz said. The possibility of an inhaled clean-nicotine device has been discussed by health researchers for many years as a potentially more effective way to promote smoking cessation. Although not yet proven safe or effective for smoking cessation, the e-cigarette has been positioned as such an inhaled nicotine delivery device and has gained popularity through this perception. Benowitz said there are more than 250 e-cig brands in the marketplace.
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