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Proposed Bill Would Ban “E-Cigarettes” Where Tobacco Is Already Prohibited

California lawmakers are scheduled to consider SB 648 Tuesday which would ban the increasingly popular “electronic cigarettes” in the same areas where actual cigarettes are banned.

Some 100 e-cigarette users in Southern California are planning to take a bus to Sacramento Monday night to testify in front of lawyers about the benefits of “vaping.”

“I usually vap throughout the day; I grab it when I need a hit of nicotine,” said Rodney Johnson, owner of Beach City Vapors in Signal Hill, who recently quit smoking after 25 years.

“I feel 100 percent better. I’m no longer winded when I’m walking up steps,” he said. “I wake up in the morning and instead of wanting that first cigarette, I don’t even vap for an hour or two hours before even leaving home.”

Electronic cigarettes allow the user to ingest nicotine and vapor, but they do not give off smoke. Instead, the user exhales water vapor. The nicotine is heated inside the device, and available in different dosage in flavored cartridges.

“I switched to electronic cigarettes because I was looking for a healthier alternative to stop smoking tobacco,” Pamela Cube said. “I’ve tried many other ways, but this has been the most successful product for me.”

Lawmakers want to ban the e-cigarettes because they believe it could encourage smoking. They argue the products should be in the same category as regular tobacco products. Other critics question whether the second-hand smoke could be harmful.

“There is nicotine in it, and there are other impurities,” said Dr. Eknath Deo, an oncologist at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. “You do get second-hand or third-hand smoke.”

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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Tobacco News


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How Aamir Khan quit smoking

It has been more than a year since Aamir Khan stopped smoking, and this time he says it is for good. And if there is one thing he has in common with SRK, is that in his case too, it was the constant goading from his children that got him to kick the butt. There was a time when he smoked 40 cigarettes a day.

Aamir Khan
 Aamir Khan – an Indian film actor

Speaking to Mirror from Delhi airport, the actor spoke about his several failed attempts and emphasised that this time he would not give in. “Never,” he insisted.

Talking about what often ate into his resolve to quit smoking, Aamir, who is currently in transit for his forthcoming TV show, said, “Whenever my film was about to hit the theatres, I got nervous. And I felt that a cigarette could ease the pressure.” So what triggered the renewed promise this time? Aamir revealed, “Honestly, my son Junaid and my daughter were getting very annoyed. Kiran and my mother too were constantly telling me to throw my cigarettes and lighters away. There was this day, January 1, 2011, to be precise, when I decided that ‘Enough is Enough’. I can say that four people were instrumental.”

The actor says that the resolve to kick a harmful habit not only benefits the individual but the family as well. “Your family loves you the most, don’t they?” the actor added. It also helps that there is only a week’s gap between the release of his next and the commencement of Dhoom 3. Aamir is expected to undergo a strict fitness regime for the film, and cigarettes are an absolute no.

So, is he using nicotine patches to control his craving? “There is no craving. Trust me, this time I don’t feel the urge to have even one puff if I see anybody smoking near me,” the actor says, adding, “I know it’s difficult to learn to say ‘No’ to things that become a habit with you. But this time my will power is immensely strong and I shall not smoke again.”

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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Tobacco News


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