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E-cigarette use on the rise
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
The number of smokers turning to electronic cigarettes has doubled, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC says about one in five adults have used an e-cigarette, and smokers in Beaumont are joining the movement.
Its smooth every time you hit it, said Al Adams.
He typically smokes cigars and started using e-cigarettes in March.
Its a way of quitting, said Shannon Harrison.
She smokes once a week and has picked up a new habit with the e-cigarette.
While doctors admit that e-cigarettes appear to have far fewer of the toxins found in smoke compared to traditional cigarettes, they believe more research needs to be conducted to examine the impact of e-cigarettes on long-term health, especially when used in conjunction with traditional cigarettes.
If large numbers of adult smokers become users of both traditional and electronic cigarettes rather than using e-cigarettes to quit cigarettes completely the net public health effect could be quite negative, said Tim McAfee, director of the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC.
Ken Phelps, owner of Golden Triangle Vapor in Beaumont says he used electronic cigarettes to end a 20-year stint of smoking.
Hes been nicotine free for 3 years and believes the electronic version has something to offer.
Economically, it's a lot cheaper than smoking cigarettes, said Ken Phelps, owner of Golden Triangle Vapor in Beaumont. You don't have the tar. You don't have a lot of the chemicals that you do in the cigarettes, so they view it as a better alternative to cigarettes for those reasons.
He doesnt believe e-cigarettes are meant for everyone, but he knows it helped him quit smoking.