More than five national companies of e-cigarettes based in the city for that the sale of e-cigarettes is on the rise. This is one of the alternate for cigarettes, as this is health beneficial product. Each e-cigarette refill is priced between Rs 3,000-5,000 while there are also ‘use and throw’ e-cigarettes that cost around Rs 300.
Mr Praveen Dasari said “They are cleaner and healthier.” He added “There is no staining and after-smell as compared to a regular cigarette; I have stopped smoking normal cigarettes completely.”
Concerned about the health of their loved ones, girlfriends, spouses, children are gifting these e-cigarettes to their boyfriends, partners and parents. A young doctor in the city said “I was gifted the e-cigarette by my girlfriend. Lot of CO2 that is inhaled by smoking regular cigarettes is not there in these e-cigarettes. That basically means I would not get cancer. And I intend to reduce the nicotine liquid used in e-cigarettes over a period of time.”
NRI Mr S. Anand Mohan gifted his father from USA to Hyd. Dr C. Vijay Kumar, pulmonologist in Yashoda Hospital said “E-cigarettes are basically designed to reduce the damage caused by regular cigarettes. The liquid used in it, which contains nicotine, is an addiction-causing agent. However, cobalt, thorium and other heavy metals found in tar are not present in e-cigarettes.”