Virgil Shipley/News The size of the new e-cigarettes can be seen in relation to the hands. The top one is operated by a 1,100-milliamp battery and the bottom is a 650 milliamp.

Virgil Shipley/News
The size of the new e-cigarettes can be seen in relation to the hands. The top one is operated by a 1,100-milliamp battery and the bottom is a 650 milliamp.
By , Staff Reporter
Mount Vernon News

MOUNT VERNON — Electronic cigarettes, called e-cigarettes or vapor cigarettes, may or may not contain nicotine. They claim to not contain the many chemicals present in cigarettes and other tobacco products. They come in a multitude of flavors and nothing is actually burning; they release water vapor and artificial smoke.

Legislators have been struggling with how to classify them and how much they should be regulated. The Knox County Health Department does not recommend their use as a way to quit smoking. But they seem to be gaining some popularity, especially since buyers often see them as a way to quit smoking, although manufacturers don’t promote them that way.

“Tons of people have been coming in — they like them. Many are also trying to quit smoking real cigarettes,” said Tyler Davis, manager of Cheap Tobacco on West High Street.

“People seem to like them. We have regular customers who come in for them,” said Rose Thompson, cashier at Bullock’s Smoke Shop on Vernon View Drive. “About 90 percent say they’re using them to help them quit smoking.”

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