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article imageAlready booming market for e-cigarettes boosted by legal weed

By Robert Weller     Jan 8, 2014 in Health
Denver - Technology and entrepreneurs drive everything in America, the business. Now it is enabling people to use cigarettes or marijuana without creating smoke.
Hundreds of e-cigarettes and vaporizers are available, and more are offered daily.
The electronic cigarettes were already a hot item; the legalization of marijuana made them more of a good investment.
Wells Fargo analysts say cigarettes brought in $20 million in sales in 2008, $500 million in 2012 and the total was expected to rise to $1 billion in 2013.
There are some differences in how the two devices work, but for many people the words e-cigarettes and vaporizers are interchangeable.
The people creating these devices are counting on the legalization of marijuana, recreational or medicinal, and a latent demand by cigarette users to enrich themselves.
The demand for cigarettes, outside the U.S. is more than latent. A University of Washington study found that more people are smoking than ever, especially in China and elsewhere in the Third World.
The American Medical Association’s journal reports the number of adult smokers increased from 721 million to nearly 1 billion between 1980 and 2012. That occurred at the same the number of smokers in the developed world, especially the U.S. declined, meaning the overall percentage of smokers worldwide dropped from 26 percent to 18.7 percent.
The safety of e-cigarettes has launched an international debate with opponents saying Big Tobacco has returned to its practice of making false claims about their safety.
“For the makers of electronic cigarettes, today we are living in the Wild West, a lawless frontier where they can say or do whatever they want, no matter the consequences. They are free to make unsubstantiated therapeutic claims and include myriad chemicals and additives in e-cigarettes,” wrote Harold P. Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association.
A study led by Maciej Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute says e-cigarettes used indoors can cause the same second-hand smoke problems of cigarettes. His report was published by the journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
The FDA has not endorsed the claims of any e-cigarette makers.
Vaporizers allow marijuana allows users to be more discreet, and avoids throat irritation, their makers' claim. They also are more discreet, not producing the telltale weed odor.
One device offered on vapornation.com offers a device with eight gigabytes of memory. It is not hard to imagine where that is one headed. Headphones anyone?
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on his way out, banned the use of e-cigarettes indoors. The nation, as a whole, has not confronted the issue. Starbucks does not permit them.
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