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Are e-cigs a fad? Can e-cigs help break the habit?

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Though nationally there has been a decrease in the number of cigarette smokers among adults, there has been a rise in teens choosing to light it up.

That's why some state and local officials across the country are expressing concerns over a smoking product that doesn't contain any tobacco but is based on nicotine vapors.

Electronic cigarettes first emerged seven years ago and now sales are increasing because of endorsements from celebrities who've sang their praises. But, is the e-cigarette just a fad, or something that could help smokers break an expensive habit?

As a card-carrying member of the Baby Boomer Generation, sometimes I wonder what chance I really had to resist the temptation?

Like millions of others, at a young age, I was indoctrinated with a flood of propaganda about how smoking a cigarette wasn't just an activity it was a rite of passage to universal acceptance.

"Guess what would taste good right now to everyone in the car? Cigarettes! Here they are! The favorite of young and old!"

Long before they were banned from the television airways, cigarette commercials daily bombarded my generation with slogans and promises promoting the good life. It didn't hurt that macho guys and hot chicks were the sexy, sultry peddlers of those alluring rings of smoke.

Besides even one of my old schoolmates was pretty deep into them.

Even the medical community, or at least people who acted like they had some medical credentials, bamboozled us into thinking what's a little tobacco, tar and nicotine going to hurt? It was so harmless they did it themselves.

Of course it took a doctor, this time not one paid off from the pockets of tobacco companies, U.S. Surgeon General C. Edward Coop, to warn us of the true dangers of what those beloved dancing cigarette boxes never bothered to. For smokers agonizing decades of public chastisement have followed along with trails of unchewed nicotine gum and nicotine patches that if hidden on the body could easily be found and ripped off in frustration. Smokers have been headed the way of the dinosaur until now.

The electronic cigarette is beginning to bring the sexy back for an increasing number of smokers.


Because it's vapor not tobacco smoke. That means no ash and best of all no offensive odor.

Coming complete with batteries for e-cigarette kits that can range from $25 up to $175 it's attraction, especially as critics fear, to young smokers, is e-cigarettes can come in a variety of bubble-gum type flavors that come out in the vapor.

Another selling point appears to be all varieties of the e-cigarettes, because of their reusability costs less than a carton of cigarettes. FOX13 News tried to talk with some local medical people for their opinions on the cigarette and all were hesitant to comment since no verified scientific studies exist as to whether it does or doesn't pose medical dangers.

That uncertainty has prompted two communities, Seal Beach, Calif., and Touele, Utah, to temporarily ban e-cigarette use.

The FDA is reportedly considering banning online sales of product. So, the bottom line would for those smokers who want to try, do so at your own your risk.

I guess I better call Fred Flintstone back. It is our bowling week.

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