GUEST COLUMN: 4 reasons why some e-cigs are safe alternatives

Published: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 06:50 AM.

Construction on Vapor Planet is ongoing at the former Shell gasoline station on South Ferdon Boulevard, near the Interstate 10 overpass, in Crestview.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration is trying to get a handle on new smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, with new proposals that include banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to register all their products and ingredients with the FDA.

“I like these proposals; the public needs clarity on smoking alternatives because we have 42.1 million adult tobacco smokers [Centers for Disease Control, 2012] who may be able to benefit from them,” says Anthony Sarvucci, CEO of American Heritage International, a company that develops e-cigarettes for adult tobacco smokers who want to quit.

“The bottom line is that we know how terrible traditional cigarettes are for people, but there has been a vacuum of information about e-cigs, which leads to a great deal of misinformation, some fear-mongering, and even simply making stuff up.” 

Construction on Vapor Planet is ongoing at the former Shell gasoline station on South Ferdon Boulevard, near the Interstate 10 overpass, in Crestview. The gas pumps and canopy have been removed, and the retail lot will soon have a new parking lot and renovated building.

Owner Shannon Ikner — who, along with his wife, Shelia, is an active electronic cigarette user — said there are numerous benefits to using battery-powered cigarettes instead of regular tobacco.

 “We have had hundreds of people quit smoking tobacco (cigarettes),” he said. “You don’t have the second-hand smoke or that nasty smell.”



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