BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — If it looks like a cigarette and smells like a cigarette, it actually might not be a cigarette.
Thousands of people across the country are turning to electronic cigarettes, or vaping, to get their fill of nicotine.
Fruits, desserts are flavors that are very popular with those who use e-cigs.
“There’s just tons of flavors. If you can think of it, it’s out there,” said electronic cigarette user Mitch Poe.
Doctors have their concerns, though.
“One of the things that bothers me, and bothers the FDA as well, is they don’t want to see children brought into this,” said Dr. William Bailey, who works with UAB Medicine. “When they flavor e-cigarettes with cherry, and chocolate and whatever things, I don’t think there’s any other reason to do that than to bring young people in.”
Some advertising professionals claim flavors that appeal to children also appeal to adults.
“Tasting something other than tobacco is certainly a trend in smoking, generally,” said Dr. Lance Kinney.
Because the e-cigarettes are currently unregulated by the FDA, they are not bound by several huge acts and settlement agreements. The Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act banned tobacco advertising on television.
However, some variations are seen all the time.
With a regular cigarette, you’re told you’re told when you’re finished, because the cigarette runs out. But with an e-cigarette, you can refill it at your leisure and smoke as slow or fast as you want, which is a huge concern for some people.
There’s enough nicotine that’s supposed to spread out over many cigarettes, but there’s enough nicotine in that solution to kill children.
The key, according to Dr. Kinney, is the marketing is not aimed at children in his opinion.
Vape shops are not forced by law to serve only nineteen and older clients. However, many stores like Vulcan Vape choose to on their own.
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