Before the story airs: E-cigarettes have Dr. Mask's attention

Posted May 6, 2014

Allen Mask

E-cigarettes have my attention. As a doctor in private practice, I see many patients with smoking-related illnesses. Many cigarette smokers are turning to e-cigarettes to help them kick the habit. Vaping is becoming so popular, I wanted to report more in-depth on it.

Why are e-cigarettes not a part of formal smoking cessation programs? What is the success rate in people using vaping to stop smoking? Why are e-cigarettes attractive to youth who have never smoked? What is in the vapor you breathe using an e-cigarette?

We speak to the experts who have the answers, including a doctor who co-created the nicotine patch and an oncologist who desperately wants his patients off tobacco. We also visit a local facility which makes nicotine solutions for e-cigarettes, one of only a few of its kind in the country.

I learned a lot on this story. I think you will, too. Join me for our Health Team report at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday on WRAL-TV.


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  • admin44 May 9, 2014

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    While they are a lot better than cigarettes, you also have to look at it from a non-smokers perspective. Nicotine is still released in the air, and it's people's prerogative to not want to inhale that.
    Similar to how smog and other airborne pollutants are regulated.

  • alto101 May 7, 2014

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    They are in fact much better and suggesting a ban is actually counterproductive towards the goal of a healthier society. Before you post more inaccurate information, I suggest that you read the medical information for yourself. The facts are quite a bit different from what you currently believe.


  • dang_skippy May 6, 2014

    They aren't any better, these fools believe they can smoke/vape themselves EVERYWHERE. I have seen them do it in restaurants, the mall, an office building... They need to be banned from public areas just like cigarettes. If you want to smoke, go do it in your own home and leave every one else's lungs alone.