Have you been noticing people puffing away inside restaurants and bars? You may be outraged, thinking they're smoking cigarettes near your table, but you wouldn't entirely be correct. Electronic cigarettes are quickly growing in popularity.
E-cigarette lovers said the main difference between a normal cigarette and an electronic one is that the e-cigarette emits water vapor, not smoke. But we wanted to know - does that make it safe?
"I don't want to die of cancer," said Alexis Fox, who was buying her first electronic cigarette at Synergy Vapor Labs in Tempe. The owner of the store, Lee Phemister, said that's the No. 1 reason people walk in to buy his products.
"I guess the habit of putting something in your mouth and exhaling something, it tricks your mind and body into thinking you're still smoking," Phemister said.
Isn't he, though? After all, Phemister is still inhaling nicotine. But so-called e-cigarettes work differently. The battery heats a coil inside the electronic cigarette, which turns a flavoring agent with nicotine into a vapor.
"Pretty much everyone I know uses it," Fox said. And a recent CDC study would support that. It said not only do more adults know about the electronic cigarettes, but more people are also using them. And that might not be a good thing.
"Unfortunately we do not have much data available regarding this product. It is not regulated by the FDA," said Dr. Syed Shahryay, a pulmonologist at St. Luke's Medical Center. He said on the surface, electronic cigarettes appear to be a safer alternative, but he said not smoking anything is always best.
"There may be a potential that it may help people who are trying to quit smoking, but we do not have a lot of data in this regards to support this," he said.
Phemister said while he agrees more research needs to be done, he's happy he said goodbye to his pack-and-a-half-a-day habit.
"The fact of the matter is we're human and we have vices," Phemister said.
You may wonder whether people can still smoke the e-cigarettes indoors. Phemister said it's up to each business since the laws don't address electronic cigarettes yet.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:55 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:55:57 GMT
Police in West Haven are actively searching for a 10-year-old child. According to West Haven Police Sgt. Tammaro, Jacob Clark left his home on Park Street around noon Sunday. Police K-9's and additionalMore >
Police in West Haven locate missing 10-year-old child.More >
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
By H. Gilbert Welch, Special to CNN updated 8:12 AM EDT, Fri May 17, 2013Editor's note: H. Gilbert Welch is a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical PracticeMore >
I first saw the headline early Tuesday on Real Clear Politics, a political news site where I generally start my morning. It's not where I expect to see a story on breast cancer.
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:24:08 GMT
A train derailment was reported near the Bridgeport and Fairfield city lines Friday night. Few details have been released on the derailment, but the incident was reported around 6:30 p.m. in the area ofMore >
Dozens of passengers and employees were among those injured when two Metro-North trains collided near a station in Fairfield Friday night.More >
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:30 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:30:23 GMT
Happy Saturday, Rain is on its way – as expected – but it will not hamper the entire weekend. Early this morning, there will be low clouds, fog and drizzle in many parts of Connecticut. This will haveMore >
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at...More >
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at U.S. jails.More >
Thursday, May 16 2013 3:45 PM EDT2013-05-16 19:45:11 GMT
Police arrested a Toronto woman, who was trying to get into the charity polo match in Greenwich where Prince Harry was playing.According to police, Wen Qi, 36, was trying to enter the Conyers Farms PoloMore >
Police arrested a Toronto woman, who was trying to get into the charity polo match in Greenwich where Prince Harry was playing.More >