Katherine Heigl Wants to Quit with the Help of E-cigarettes

October 26th, 2010 00:00

Katherine Heigl’s idea to stop smoking by turning to E- cigarettes may just go up in smoke.

Katherine Heigl smoking

Heigl showed for David Letterman how she puffs on an e-cigarette, she said that it has worked, because nicotine patches, gums and prescription drugs didn’t help her at all. “You are not harming anyone around you and also you do no cause any harm to yourself, because you blow out water vapor,” she said. “I am simply humidifying the space around me”. “I understand that it sounds quite ridiculous, but it is helping me not to smoke traditional tobacco products,” Heigl stated in an interview with Parade.

E-cigarettes contain not only nicotine, but also various chemicals that exude of the plastic tubing that is part of the device, the Dr. Len Horovitz, internist and pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital told to the Daily News.

Electronic cigarettes that unlike real tobacco products don’t burn tobacco are smoked with the help of a battery-operated device. The smoker of electronic cigarette inhales a vapor that contains nicotine in liquid that comes in a changeable cartridge. “If speaking from the medical point of view is the same as a nicotine addiction. And inhaling fumes from the plastic tubes can be carcinogenic,” he said. “Electronic cigarettes are not a good or approved way to stop smoking,” stated Dr. Jonathan Whiteson, medical director of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness and Rehabilitation Program at NYU Langone Medical Center.”These cigarettes have never been proven to be effective at smoking cessation. On the contrary there are many claims, and none of them have been grounded.” Besides the nicotine itself, there are other harmful chemicals, as for instance in the propellant that helps to vaporize the nicotine,” Whiteson added.

In addition, E-cigarettes are not affirmed by the FDA, and are not subject to rigorous regulation, mentions Kathy Garrett Szymanski, respiratory therapist in the thoracic center at Long Island College Hospital, where she leads the smoking cessation program. “E-cigs are a drug delivery service. This little cigarette makes you inhale nicotine. And as it is known inhalation is the fastest path to drug delivery. I do not recommend them as a means that will help you stop smoking,” she said. “Concluding we may say that it is nicotine, it is a drug, it is addictive and it has bad health consequences,” Whiteson says. The most effective way to stop smoking, Horovitz said, is with a nicotine patch or a chewing gum.

Katherine Heighl told to Letterman that she has forewarned her daughter against the unfavorable consequences of smoking.

By Steve Shepherd, Staff Writer. Copyright © 2010 Cigarette-Store.biz. All rights reserved.

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