• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 10s

‘Vaping’ grows in popularity

By Dave Detling 9:19 PM January 17, 2014

Stores hosting "vapor meets," but are they safe?

ANCHORAGE - It’s advertised as the new and best way to kick the habit of smoking, but critics said they’re not buying into those claims.

The latest generation of e-cigarettes goes by vaporizer pens or “vapes.”

Inhaling is known by users as “vaping,” and it involves a device with a battery-powered heating element that warms a liquid turning it into vapor.

Stores selling the products, like Cold Smoke on Nothern Lights Boulevard, said you can pick the level of nicotine.

Brian Cayton supplies personal vaporizers to the store, and  said he kicked the habit of smoking when he found this new product.

“It was an instant transition,” he said. “I stopped smoking cigarettes the day I started using vaporizers.”

Signs clearly labeled in Cold Smoke say customers have to be 19 years old to sample the products.

But it’s who could eventually pick up the devices that have health experts worried.

Alison Kulas, deputy program manager for Alaska’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, said she’s concerned.

“We know that kids are using them across the nation, rates are really rising among youth,” she said. “It is a concern of ours. We’re watching it carefully to see what other public health strategies can we do to really do to really protect our children.”

E-Cigs and personal vaporizers are unregulated by the government. For that purpose the FDA has not approved them as cessation aides.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Diversity a theme at Walker transition conference in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 22, 18:42

    It would be easy to have a closed-door discussion about the critical issues that face Alaska, but Gov.-elect Bill Walker says the conversation should belong to all Alaskans. “We get the best input the more people we have involved in the process,” said Walker. There is some risk associated with doing that. The bigger risk […]

  • Weather

    Evening News weather, Nov. 22

    by KTVA Weather on Nov 22, 18:20

    Clouds have invaded our space for the weekend with little moisture here in the Anchorage area. Daytime highs remain in the mid 30s with light winds as we head into Saturday night. Sunday brings more of the same conditions with increasing clouds across the Bowl. We’ll remain under this dry spell going into Thanksgiving. Sunshine […]

  • Sports

    UAA volleyball signs 2 Dimond players

    by KTVA Sports on Nov 22, 18:02

    A pair of Dimond Lynx are heading to the level of volleyball, but the trip is a short one.

  • News

    Government Hill gives back, continues holiday tradition for one resident

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 22, 17:02

      Putting up Christmas lights and decorations is a holiday tradition for Government Hill resident Jeff Fowler. “It started when we lived on the south end of town,” said Fowler. “One at a time, started buying them and when we moved here, new and more stuff just started showing up.“ Over the years, the grand […]

  • News

    Obama highlights Sitka School District’s efforts in technology

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 22, 13:00

    This week, the Sitka School District got a shout-out from President Barack Obama. Superintendent of Sitka Schools Mary Wegner was in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, joining more than 100 superintendents from across the country gathered together at the White House for the ConnectED to the Future conference. The day-long event recognized some of the nation’s […]

  • News

    Fairbanks prisoner accused of soliciting murder

    by Associated Press on Nov 22, 12:01

    An imprisoned former chiropractor and gun dealer from Fairbanks has been accused of attempting to solicit the murder of federal officers while behind bars. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://goo.gl/VVMn92 ) reports Guy Christopher Mannino, 56, has been in prison since Oct. 2013 awaiting sentencing for federal weapons charges. The office of the U.S. Attorney says […]

  • News

    Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names full transition team

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 22, 11:47

    Gov.-elect Bill Walker has taken his first big step towards taking over the helm of outgoing Gov. Sean Parnell. Walker kicked off his transition conference Friday night at the Alaska Airlines Center. There, about 300 people showed up to hear the incoming administration’s overview of Alaska’s current financial situation. Walker was blunt in his address, saying […]

  • News

    5,000 toys to be delivered to tots around Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 22, 11:06

    Alaska Airlines and the U.S. Marines are getting into the holiday spirit and children around Alaska are reaping the benefits. Friday, Marines delivered nearly 5,000 toys to the airline’s cargo hanger to be shipped out to children across the state. As part of their annual Toys for Tots program, all of the gifts were donated […]