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Just an old dog with a new trick?

by Steven Haninger / August 18, 2012 2:33 AM PDT
E-cigarettes. A smoking alternative

I've never smoked but grew up in a home with moderate to heavy smokers...about 4-5 packs per day between my two parents. I've lived through all the hoopla regarding the rights of non-smokers and of smokers so will abstain from that part of a discussion. I don't think there's much argument that smoking never did anyone any good but the main complaint from non-smokers has been the affect on their lungs. This new technology seems to make that issue all but moot. My concern still needs to be the one about any addiction. It's the nicotine addiction that's the root cause of too much lung damage when people can't give it up. OK, if it's used to aid withdrawal but the part of the article that disturbs me notes that young non-smokers may think this is acceptable and begin using these products. I am seeing these being used in non-smoking environments including hospital waiting rooms. For one who already smokes and can't or doesn't want to give it up, these might be more acceptable but would rather not see young people take up the habit.
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