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The E-Cigarette

By Ashley Glass email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - A Boca based company behind a new product is being touted as a healthy cigarette.

The government says the marketing of this product is illegal, so one starlet's father is now promoting these electronic cigs. Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, is pushing an alternative to cigarettes, he says, won't create harmful smoke, and it won't get you kicked out if a restaurant if you light up. "This is an E-Cigarette, an electronic cigarettes. It's basically a healthy way of smoking."

It looks real, but the E-Cigarette is an impostor. It's a battery charged device with liquid nicotine inside but no tobacco or tar. "If you want the taste of nicotine to satisfy that craving, but you don't want the harmful elements of smoking, then this is the way to go."

You inhale the E-Cigarette like a regular one. A computer chip inside warms the nicotine that's stored in a plastic filter. The combination of heat and liquid creates the vapor or smoke puff when you exhale. It's supposed to be odorless, "[It] kind of smells like dirty socks."

Michael is a spokesperson and investor for the company that makes the E-Cigarette. "I was formally a smoker, and since I picked these up, there is no reason to smoke none whatsoever."

So is this a way for people to quit smoking or is this supposed to be an alternative to smoking? ''[It's] an alternative to smoking," Lohan explained.

Dr. Edward Eden says that while a smoker is not getting the cancer causing agents of a real cigarette, the nicotine in the E-Cigarettes is still extremely addictive. "Here, in this situation, you are probably getting more nicotine than you would be getting in a cigarette simply because filter cigarettes tend to dilute the nicotine that is being inhaled, and, in this one, you get the pure effects."

Another problem for the E-Cigarette is the Food and Drug Administration has launched an investigation saying E-Cigarettes are drugs. They also say it's illegal to market them unless they've been approved, and the E-Cigarettes have not been approved.

The president of the company that markets the E-Cigarette tells us he disagrees with the FDA's viewpoint and doesn't feel his product falls under the department's jurisdiction.

The E-Cigarettes are sold online and in kiosks in malls around the country.

On a side note: You may soon see Michael Lohan a lot more as he is looking for a home in Palm Beach County; apparently, so he can be closer to the company.

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