Tobacco companies look to change industry with e-cigs

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Tobacco played a really big role in building the Triad and the communities around it.

But companies like R.J. Reynolds and the Greensboro-based Lorillard are seeing a sharp decline in interest over the past 30 years.

Cigarette sales were down by more than six percent last year and are down by almost a third over the last decade.

But, the industry thinks it finally has an answer. This edition of the Buckley Report looks at a new product that is gaining acceptance in the public eye.


  • FaithC

    What is the purpose of e-cigs? If you want to quit smoking, just do it. Stop listening to all the companies who tell you it is not your fault you can’t quit. You are addicted and you need our product to quit. If you want to quit…just stop smoking. Use some will power.

    • JT

      I am looking at having to do this–studies show that if you quit by 40, you are 90-some-odd percent less likely to develop smoking-related illnesses. I’m not sure e-cigs are designed to help quit, FaithC. I think the tobacco companies are marketing them as a “safe” alternative to cigarettes (not so sure that’s true). But it’s like Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy–I’ve done it at least a dozen times!”

  • Becca

    Faith, I don’t smoke but I have family members that do. It’s not that simple. I have a solution to your toxic messages…GET OFF THIS SITE! Talk about an addiction…


    While the easiest way to understand this is to pitch the product as a better, quit device, or an alternative (which has been shunned). The best way to look at it is ‘if’ you’re going to smoke, smoke responsibly – you for and others around you. Unfortunately, people have vices, smoking is one of them.

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