Smoke Free Indy hosts meeting on e-cigarettes

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Smoke Free Indy worries that “vaping” with e-cigarettes could be just as dangerous as using real cigarettes.

The organization held a meeting Thursday night to help people understand the appeal of e-cigarettes with the goal of reducing their appeal among young people.

Pure Vape Indy, located on West Washington Street in Indy, sells e-cigarettes and similar products.

“Absolutely love ’em,” Danny Dugan told 24-Hour News 8.

Dugan manages the store and says he smoked cigarettes for 15 years, until getting an e-cigarette as a gift.

“It took one day to quit. And I have not had one since. It’s been almost two years,” he said.

“There are no long-term studies on the health effects of e-cigarettes. How could there be? They came out in 2003,” Dr Richard Feldman, a former State Health Commissioner, said.

Dr. Felder and others at the meeting on Thursday night believe people are trading one addiction for another when using e-cigarettes. E-cigs may be less toxic than cigarettes, but, not necessarily harmless.

“Just anything that we’re putting into our lungs, to me, sounds pretty dangerous.  But I think that people just really don’t know the effects.  They don’t really know,” Karlee Macer, a state legislator, said.

Dugan doesn’t dispute that – not entirely. But, he says e-cigarettes reduce the amount of nicotine he inhales.

“Breathing the air outside is dangerous and putting anything in your lungs is dangerous. It really is. But this is a lesser evil than cigarettes,” Dugan said.

Attorney Ross Silverman said the makers can advertise e-cigarettes as a lifestyle product, as long as they don’t claim the e-cigs will help someone quit smoking. Changes may be coming. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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