Studies find electric cigarettes claims do not add up

Old movies seem like they are filled with smoke. Eighty-one-year-old Freda Souligny said Hollywood attributed to her beginning to smoke at just 13-years-old.

Souligny smoked a pack-a-day for 61 years and only stopped when emphysema forced her to switch to electric cigarettes two months ago.

An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is an electrical device that attempts to simulate the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled mist bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor and nicotine content of inhaled tobacco smoke.

An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is an electrical device that attempts to simulate the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled mist bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor and nicotine content of inhaled tobacco smoke.

[The electric cigarette] made the transition,” said Souligny. “I didn’t feel this horrible withdrawal.”

The roughly $60 electronic cigarette is battery-operated and claims to deliver nicotine vapor through an adjustable cartridge.

Although Souligny reduced her habit by slowly cutting the nicotine dose over several weeks, Professor Tom Eissenberg, Ph.D., at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) claims the electronic cigarettes are misleading.

Electronic cigarette

Electronic cigarette

“We wanted to know if they really delivered nicotine,” said Eiseenberg. “One of the things they’re supposed to do. If they really produce some of the same effects as a tobacco cigarette.”

A pair of studies conducted by VCU discovered that while real cigarettes deliver nicotine, electronic-cigarettes do not despite claiming to do so.

“Neither of them delivered nicotine,” said Eissenberg. “Which was surprising because that is, in fact, exactly what they are supposed to do.”

Souligny said that smoking an electronic cigarette is just like puffing on an un-lit cigarette. No nicotine, no tobacco.

“Well, you have to tell me what changed my life,” said Souligny. “It wasn’t medication, because I didn’t take medication.”

However, the studies do suggest that electronic cigarettes can cut the urge to smoke by nearly half. Therefore, Souligny’s mind may be tricking her body, something she does not care much about.

“To me it’s just been miraculous,” said Souligny.

Eissenberg said that electronic cigarettes may actually be a key tool in helping people quit standard cigarettes. Although, he is calling for tighter government control of the products stating that If they do not do what they claim to do, consumers have the right to know.

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