E-Cigarettes: Healthy or Not?

E-Cigarettes: Healthy or Not?

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E-Cigarettes are causing controversy right here in the Big Country, and now the FDA is proposing new regulations on them.

In 1971 the FCC outlawed TV adds for cigarettes but today you can find commercials for E-Cigarettes and it is perfectly legal. One doctor I spoke with said he is concerned that the owners of these companies are starting to market to children.

“That’s my biggest concern because if you get young people addicted to nicotine you have a generation of addicts,” said Doctor Jose Vega.

Doctor Vega works at Hendrick Cancer Center and he recommends his patients and their kids stay away from E-Cigarettes.

“There are several problems with them,” said Vega. “One is that because of the lack of regulations in the E-Cig industry you really don’t know how much nicotine you’re getting with each puff.”

He said contrary to popular belief there is no evidence that E-Cigarettes can help you stop smoking, that’s why he sends his patients to Linda Neill.

Neill teaches a five week class to help people stop smoking. She thinks E-Cigarettes need to be regulated and kept out of the hands of children especially since she said the rate of teenage use has more than doubled in the last few years.

“To know that our teenagers are using this product that is not FDA approved it is not regulated at all we have no idea what they’re inhaling. Really? What is in that product? We don’t know,” said Neill.

The FDA is pushing forward with new regulations on E-Cigarettes. Manufacturers will have to list ingredients and watch how they are marketing to children, but one Abilene resident says they don’t need to; E-Cigarettes are safe.

“I have no congestion anymore, the coughing is gone, I don’t have any ill side effects from it at all,” said customer Loretta Stanford.

Stanford said she’s been smoking since she was 16-years-old but after a health scare she turned on the breaks.

“That very day I put the cigarettes down and walked away and came and got my vape,” said Stanford.

She said she has done her own research.

“I can’t find anything negative about it because it doesn’t have the 4,000 carcinogens that cigarettes do. It’s just got the nicotine,” said Stanford.

But Dr. Vega said just having the nicotine is still bad. We’ll keep you up to date on what the FDA decides to do about this billion dollar industry.

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    E-Cigarettes: Healthy or Not?

    E-Cigarettes are causing controversy right here in the Big Country, and now the FDA is proposing new regulations on them.
    E-Cigarettes are causing controversy right here in the Big Country, and now the FDA is proposing new regulations on them.
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