New study shares dangers of e-cigarettes, retailers disagree
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -
The use of e-cigarettes is a trend that has become more and more popular over the last few years.
But with them being so new, comes the question of how they affect your health.
"My life's changed dramatically since I've started vaping," said Carlie Long, a Sioux City vape store owner. "My health is considerably better. I look better. You know the- basically became a non-smoker."
Long started smoking cigarettes when he was 12-years-old.
Three years ago, he wanted to quit, and turned to e-cigarettes.
"I've had a number of friends who have quit smoking through vaping and I just wanted to be a part of that," said Long.
Eighteen months ago, Long opened Vape 712, a store that sells e-cigarettes. He says a majority of his customers are people who want to quit smoking.
But, an American Heart Association study says that e-cigarettes should only be used as a last resort to quit smoking.
The study says vaping can be a gateway to nicotine addiction.
Lisa Crum, a manager at Vi E-Cig & Vape Lounge, disagrees.
"It really helped me to get off of the cigarettes basically by weaning myself off of the nicotine, which you have the ability to do when you're vaping," she said. "You can start out at a higher level of nicotine and just work your way down. I got down to a zero and stayed on that level throughout my entire pregnancy, which was okayed by my doctor."
While Crum says e-cigarettes are an effective way to quit smoking, she says she still believes in regulations that prevent selling e-cigarettes to minors.
"Because of the fact that there is the possibility of nicotine in the e-liquids that they purchase here," said Crum. "Nicotine is a known poison and that is something that is restricted to adults only sales as is in the state of Iowa."
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey shows that the number of middle school and high school students who tried e-cigarettes for the first time tripled in 2013 from 2011.
That's a trend the American Heart Association wants to reverse through regulation.