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elctrnx_lyf
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E Cigarettes
elctrnx_lyf   5/23/2011 2:51:46 PM
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My personnel feeling is that this is not really going to benefit any smokers. The e-cigarettes also seems to be very costly for a disposable model. This is no more than an LED light.

t.alex
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t.alex   5/21/2011 3:25:57 AM
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I believe e-cigarette may be more harmful than normal cigarette. This is because you can control the amount of nicotine you can put in. It was a weird situation once i came into the office and saw my colleague smoking, with e-cigarette of course. People may not be comfortable i guess.

Barbara Jorgensen
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Barbara Jorgensen   5/17/2011 9:54:19 AM
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Thanks for the feedback, all! I am a non-smoker, so I'll admit to some pre-conceived notions going into this article. I think the smokeless aspect of e-cigs is a positive and I thank our readers who use e-cigs for their input. I also think that if you are going to use nicotine, a non-tobacco delivery method is preferable. For smokers, it's not the nicotine that is the most harmful (athough it is the most addictive) it's the stuff in the tobacco. Kudo to anyone who has quit smoking--I hear it is very, very difficult.

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Ariella   5/17/2011 8:53:15 AM
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Actually, there are quite a few websites that contain information about the damage caused by smoking. They sometimes come up in a search for cigarettes online. Some are informational, though others are designed  to sell you products to help smokers kick the habit.

mfbertozzi
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re: e-cigarette & locations
mfbertozzi   5/17/2011 8:29:19 AM
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Well, in addition to studies and benchmark, I was wondering how Internet could support and promote educational actions in order to

-increase number of people fully aware of possible healt damages
-promote "etiquette" to observe for both smokers & no-smokers
-promote "etiquette" to observe for public location owners (restaurants/fast-slow food etc)
-broadcast alternative solutions to decrease nicotine dependency

Here @ EBN we have discussed a lot about social networks, could they support actions in the sense above summarized? Personally, I think so.

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Kunmi   5/17/2011 2:15:38 AM
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For smoke addicts, the e-cigarette may help but because of human mentality, it is not yet real. The unfortunate issue is the outcome of that research because the comfort level of many cigarette lovers are very detrimental to the health of the fellow non-smokers. In work places, many people can not do without smoking 3-4 time with 8 hours of work  ..... what a cummulative impact on production? Littering of the environment is another socio-economic impact.

Ariella
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Ariella   5/16/2011 2:54:36 PM
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I assure you, mbertozzi that the tobacco industry is not happy about these bans and likely tried to prevent them. They are always motivated by the protection of the nonsmoker. To quote the article I linked to in an earlier comment:


A city health department study published in 2009 found that 57 percent of nonsmoking adult New Yorkers had an elevated level of a nicotine byproduct in their blood indicating recent exposure to cigarette smoke. The comparable nationwide figure was 45 percent.

City health officials say that people seated within three feet of a smoker are exposed to roughly the same levels of secondhand smoke, regardless of whether they are indoors or outdoors. The ban is also intended to help reduce trash in public places.

The litter from smokers is another thing that irritates me a great deal. Smokers just dump the butts and even empty boxes of cigarettes on the sidewalk wherever they happen to be.  I realize that we no longer have ash trays strewn everywhere, but that's no reason to turn the sidewalk into one.

 


mfbertozzi
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mfbertozzi   5/16/2011 2:45:38 PM
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Exactly Ariella, you have mentioned US, but picture looks different in several other countries. It has been proved strong correlation between smoke (active and passive) and human health. I was wondering if Govs could improve e-cigarette adoptation just to fight that issues.

It is time also to put on the table another question: was smoking banned in US for safety reason or with the aim  (from major tabacco industries) to avoid huge refund to person impacted by?

Ariella
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Ariella   5/16/2011 2:28:48 PM
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In the US, smoking is banned indoors almost everywhere and now -- in New York  City at least -- even outdoors in parks and beaches as I mentioned in an earlier comment.   The laws are in place to protect those of who don't smoke. I still remember a seminar I took way back when in grad school.. One day was rescheduled, so only another student and I met with the professor. Because it was not the set class, he felt free to light up. My fellow student took that as license to smoke, as well. And I was stuck with second-hand smoke. I am even put off by he smell cigarettes it that clings to smokers even when they are not smoking.

But to get back to the e-cigarette development, Blu, a company that develops them, has created a social network for smokers:

Their newly-developed “smart pack” contains a radio device that emits a signal and can search for other packs. If one is within 50 feet, the pack vibrates and flashes with a blue light. So people who smoke these e-cigarettes can meet up to chat, and smokers can easily find retail outlets that stock the blu cigarettes if they want more.

mfbertozzi
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mfbertozzi   5/16/2011 9:29:30 AM
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I agree with you, in principle, but as per other products or services, this market niche will be very conditioned by Gov rules which are still depending on location and change a lot from country to country. Sometimes smoking is really forbidden, sometimes is full admitted also in public area such as restaurant, airports and so on. Maybe launch of e-cigarette in the market will face different results just for above reasons.

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