Local vapor store owner calls CDC E-cig stats misleading

A local vapor store owner disagrees with a study the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I think the CDC intentionally put those misleading numbers out there to give the FDA grounds for any future regulations that's coming," said Kevin Adams, owner of Puff Enuff in Vicco.

He countered with a study from the American Council on Science and Health. More than seventy-six percent of middle and high school students who had used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days had also used traditional cigarettes, according to that study.

Some who have used electronic cigarettes have had success quitting smoking. Gina Baker has not.

"I don't know if it's the nicotine level in it," she said. "Maybe it just don't feel like it's strong enough or if I'm getting enough of it."

Her breathing is better when she uses the electronic cigarettes, however.

"If I smoke regular cigarettes and get up in the morning, I cough a lot," she said. "If I'm smoking these before I got to bed, when I wake up, instead of a regular cigarette if I smoke this, I don't start coughing."

As a former smoker himself, who now uses electronic cigarettes, Adams also noted his breathing had improved.

Dr. Mitchell Wicker of the Hazard Clinic cautions that people not replace one addiction with another when using electronic cigarettes to quit.

"The whole idea is that it's a tool," he said. "We don't want to just put you onto the nicotine gum or the electronic cigarettes in exchange for not smoking."

The chemicals also concerned Wicker, he said.

Adams said the ingredients in the electronic cigarettes he sells are safe.

"The ingredients in the liquid nicotine are USDA approved ingredients," he said.

To counter youth using his product, Adams does not let those younger than 18 enter his store.

Whatever the method, both Wicker and Adams said quitting is a priority.

"Whatever it takes is what you should use," Wicker said.

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