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February 9, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Two studies published online Tuesday by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine tell consumers more -- a little bit more, anyway -- about electronic cigarettes and their potential to help smokers cut back or quit the habit. Electronic cigarettes are built to look like real cigarettes.  They're made of plastic, run on batteries and allow users to inhale nicotine in a vapor form.  Unlike nicotine delivery products such as gum, lozenges or patches, or smoking cessation medications like Chantix, they allow users to hold something that feels like a cigarette and mimic the behavior of smoking.
January 7, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
By late March, tobacco companies will have to reveal to the Food and Drug Administration what sorts of new additives they've recently put in their products. But the ruling doesn't apply to electronic cigarettes, whose makers are locked in legal battle with the FDA. Meanwhile, the e-cigs are starting to gain a pop-culture foothold – in the fall film “The Tourist,” actor Johnny Depp extols the devices’ virtues to Angelina Jolie, and Katherine Heigl showed up recently on the "Late Show with David Letterman" smoking the e-cigarette indoors.
January 3, 2011 | By Francesca Lunzer Kritz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
What does it cost to stop smoking? For just about anyone, less than it does to keep smoking. Many smokers burn through thousands of dollars each year buying cigarettes alone. Then there are peripheral costs like breath mints, extra trips to the dry cleaner and higher premiums for health insurance. Quitting costs money too, but it's a better long-term investment. Plus, much of what you'll need to get started — nicotine gum, patches and even counseling sessions — is often available free.
December 10, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau
White House victories are rare these days, but President Obama can claim solid progress in his lonely battle to quit smoking. The president has gone nine months without sneaking a cigarette, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reported Thursday. Every day is a struggle and there's no guarantee the president won't light up tomorrow, it seems. Still, for a president who has been trying to quit for years, the nine-month hiatus is a welcome sign that he's breaking the addiction.
November 2, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Electronic cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among people who want to quit smoking, but an opinion piece released Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine highlights the potential hazards of e-cigarettes, suggesting they may not be as benign as they may seem. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale a vapor that contains nicotine and supposedly fewer toxins than real cigarettes. In studies, health-related findings have been mixed, with some reporting less nicotine is absorbed and the desire to smoke is curtailed, while others showing smoking cravings weren't affected that much.
August 20, 2010
Smoking a pack (or two) of cigarettes each day is obviously not good for your lungs. But for those who enjoy an occasional smoke, an obvious question is, “How many cigarettes can I smoke before I start to do some damage?” The sobering answer: Zero. That’s the conclusion of a new study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University in New York. The researchers recruited 121 healthy volunteers to pee into a cup and submit to a bronchoscopy , a procedure that included removing cells from the lining of the part of the airway that would first come into contact with inhaled smoke.
August 2, 2010 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even in these days of strict indoor clean air laws, you can still legally puff away in movie theaters, restaurants or even on a plane. You just have to use a cigarette that runs on a battery, not tobacco. Electronic cigarettes — battery-powered devices that deliver a fine spray of nicotine without any flame or smoke — have been sold in this country for about three years now. Some people use them as a way to quit smoking real cigarettes. Unlike gum or patches, the devices mimic the sensation of smoking while providing the nicotine rush.
July 30, 2010
E-cigarettes require stronger inhalation than conventional cigarettes, researchers say, which may make them less healthy than had previously been thought. The e-cigarettes, which are becoming increasingly popular, are nicotine-delivery devices that have no tobacco in them. They use a cartridge containing nicotine dissolved in a solvent, such as propylene glycol. When the user inhales through the device, it activates a battery that makes the tip glow red like a real cigarette and a small heater that vaporizes some of the contents, which can then be inhaled.
April 26, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
A candy-like lozenge designed to satisfy a smoker's nicotine craving could prove dangerously tempting to little ones, researchers point out. Cinnamon- and mint-flavored Camel Orbs were launched on the U.S. market last year, aimed at smokers needing a nicotine fix when they can't light up. But the Tic Tac-sized product's "candy-like appearance and added flavorings" are virtually certain to tempt children to sneak one (or a few), with potentially disastrous effects, an article published in advance of May's issue of the journal Pediatrics concludes.
December 14, 2009 | By Francesca Lunzer Kritz
Although smoking cessation tends to be a New Year's resolution sort of thing, trying to quit now could save you some money. The Los Angeles County Department of Health has teamed up with Ralphs Supermarkets to offer two-week supplies (one per customer) of nicotine patches or gum at 47 participating Ralphs stores (see a map at That's a savings of at least $30, not to mention the possibility of extra years of life and a reduction in healthcare costs for treatment of such diseases as emphysema and cancer if you pull it off. Standard length of treatment with nicotine replacement therapy is seven to 12 weeks.
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