In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Vaping or puffing on inhalers sometimes known as electronic cigarettes or vape pens is all the rage now. The devices use small batteries to heat a flavored liquid until it produces a vapor, which may contain varying levels of a nicotine, but no tobacco smoke is produced. What do you think of this new craze?
I'M FOR IT. I'd rather just have the nicotine and not all the other additives. It's a nice option.
MY WIFE, WHO has smoked cigarettes since she was a teen, was able to quit smoking thanks to e-cigs. Now she is weaning her nicotine addiction by choosing e-cig juices with less or no nicotine. The government's knee-jerk reaction to limit e-cig's use is an example of too much government power that will hinder those who are trying to quit smoking -- which is a good thing!
IT'S popular trend among teens today.
ADULT pacifier! Yuck!
LOVE IT. If those who smoke want to harm themselves without harming me, I am all for it.
Gina Kincaid La Bier
I KNOW you can smoke wax in them. The wax is a new sort of hash. It's marijuana, so you can smoke pot anywhere!
Mauricio A. Perez
I'VE BEEN cigarette-free for a year and a half because of e-cigs. In fact, I no longer use the e-cig.
VAPORIZERS HAVE BEEN used for marijuana well before they were used for tobacco.
It's great for patients with cancer to use the vapor instead of creating smoke for others around them. Using vaporizers is the best thing all around for everyone. Eliminate the smoke, you eliminate secondhand smoke. An added bonus is that for tobacco smokers, it helps you ween yourself off the addiction of smoking. It worked for me. I've seen it work for cancer patients and others with serious illnesses.
Just because one person might make it looks bad, doesn't mean we have to throw it out completely. The benefits out weight the image of e-cigs. Give it a thought.
LOVE them. Thinking about opening up a shop.
Lisa MacClellan Vieira
I THINK they are great!
Amanda Pereira Batchelor
WHEN USED APPROPRIATELY, who can really argue the merits?
Now going back to that old saying that it only takes a few idiots to ruin it for everyone. Someone explain the benefit of teens smoking hash or pot oils with these things, sometimes even in public -- under the guise of "trying to quit smoking." Frustrating!
I LIKE them more than normal cigarettes, but the people using them to smoke weed in public is just stupid!
WELL, MUCH MORE healthy than an actual cigarette. What it comes down to is, would you rather these vapor pens be in the air or a cigarettes with nicotine and many more harmful chemicals? I'm a smoker (trying to quit) and it truly bothers me that I'm adding these toxins to other people's air.
I THINK it's stupid and people look dumb using them.
I SMOKED FOR 35 years and tried everything to quit. Nothing worked until I tried the e- cig. It allowed me to gradually wean myself off the nicotine, and I"m proud to say I haven't smoked since May.
I PERSONALLY LOVE IT! My husband is a big smoker and I've been trying to get him to stop smoking, and the electronic cigarette is helping him. And, his breath doesn't smell anymore. Yea! Been smoke-free for two weeks already.
VAPE PENS ARE dope. But the only real use they have is being able to "smoke" in buildings. A lot of my friends tell me they just aren't the same as a cigarette -- since cigarettes have a couple hundred other chemicals your body is addicted to.
WELL, I QUIT smoking just over one year ago by using my vape pen, and it is not harmful to those around me. Only thing I'm thinking is, when will Philip Morris somehow intervene with this great new innovation or hop on board.
Dianne Racht Russell
THEY ARE all bad for you. As smokers we just need to try our best to quit.
YOU COMPLAIN about the cigarette smoke. Now you complain about using your air. Will you ever quit complaining?
REGULATE? LOL, It's nicotine! No different then a pack of smokes, other then being safer.
FOOLS AND CRY babies would only disagree. You still have to be 18 to buy this product, and it does not harm those around you. I was a three-pack-a-day smoker and now I'm down to none thanks to these. As with anything, if you don't like it, don't do it -- or stay away from it! This is what's wrong with today's society. Complain about everything -- cry about everything -- blah blah blah
YUP, THAT'S the answer to everything. Regulate what you don't agree with. LOL
YES! MY NEIGHBORS have both quit smoking. They use them all the time. So much healthier. No nasty smoke. No black carbon in the lungs. It takes four years to get your lungs pink and healthy again. Hoping that there are no permanent damages done. Great invention.
I THINK that it's great! My daughter and her fiance have used this to quit smoking!
IT'S BEEN said "there's a sucker born every minute."
Lynne O Neil
I WELCOME THEM. They do have an odor to them, and that is much more tolerable than secondhand smoke -- hands down. There's nothing worse than my nostrils being invaded by that horrific smell. And, there's nothing I can do about it. In a perfect world, I'd ban cigarettes altogether!
NOT AS disgusting as smoking, but still pretty ridiculous. Should be some kind of regulations also.
THIS METHOD OF delivery turns tobacco into a indisputable drug, and the vapor becomes a delivery system as we have already seen it used for many other substances besides nicotine. I think that the device should be regulated just the same as hypodermic needles.
HARD TO say. No one knows the long-term effects yet. Just say at one point in life or another, we will all become guinea pigs.
This week's question:
Have squatters disturbed you or your neighborhood? If so, how? What can cities do to alleviate the problem?
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