“Most people that vape don’t say they smoke. They don’t recognize that as what they do. They vape,” said Davis.
She quit a little over two years ago, and turned to electronic cigarettes.
“I’ve already seen so many of the health benefits from just being able to have clearer lungs and I’m not getting respiratory infections and I’m not getting sick all the time. I don’t’ have a cough and I can breath better and I can smell better,” said Davis.
She and her husband like ‘vaping’ so much that they developed their own line of flavors and opened up a store, vixen vapors. Business is booming. Nationwide, ecigarette sales are expected to double this year, to a $1 billion market .
E-cigarettes include a battery that heats up a flavored nicotine liquid mix that can be inhaled. The FDA has not approved e-cigarettes, and little research has been done on their effects.
Davis is three months pregnant, but her doctor told her it’s okay to keep vaping.
“I was given the okay from my doctor,” said Davis, who now ‘vapes’ a liquid mix that doesn’t include any nicotine.
“If they can just stop completely, that’s going to be the best alternative,” said Dr Mike Anderson, of Executive Medicine of Texas.
Anderson looks at vaping as the lesser of two evils. E-cigarettes have nicotine, which can hurt a fetus.
“That baby is getting all of its nutrition through that placenta. If those blood vessels are constricted, theoretically, it could limit the blood flow to that child,” said Anderson.
However, e-cigarettes don’t have all the rest of the chemicals cigarettes do.
“At least with the e-cigarettes we’re down to just nicotine,” said Anderson.
“It takes out all the chemicals: carcinogens that cause cancer. It takes out the tar. It takes out all the pollutants that you’re putting in your body,” said Davis.
Davis says her doctor warned her against vaping with nicotine, which is why she no longer includes it in her mix. She says she’ll likely vape throughout her pregnancy.
“It’s thousands of times better for my body to vape than it is for me to smoke a cigarette. If the craving’s there, which it is every now and then, I’m going to vape,” said Davis.