Celeb Addiction: Katherine Heigl Loves E-Cigarettes
But the stop-smoking device may not be safe.
It was a TV scene straight out of the 1960s, when everybody smoked everywhere: Katherine Heigl fired up a cigarette while talking with David Letterman. With the widely known health risks of cigarettes, they’ve been banned everywhere from offices to restaurants.
But Heigl smoked an e-cigarette, an electronic device that provides short hits of nicotine or a vapor that actually tastes like nicotine. The smoker blows the smoke out, just like they would do with a “real” cigarette. Heigl, 31, began smoking at age 25 (most users start much earlier) and told Letterman that she really wants to quit but hasn’t been able to. “I did the patch, I did the gum, I did the [prescription medicine] Chantix twice. I went bananas,” the actress told Letterman, according to tvsquad. But the e-cigarette seems to be working.
Heigl even convinced Letterman, a cigar smoker, to try the e-cigarette. He said it made him feel dizzy; people often have that side effect when taking nicotine for the first time, or after a long period of not using it.
The drawback to the e-cigarette : It’s addictive, just as nicotine gum is. “I’m totally addicted to the device,” Heigl said to Letterman.
So what’s the difference from being addicted to tobacco as we know it? It depends on how much nicotine you’re using in in the electronic cigarette. The amounts are designated low to extra-high. Heigl didn’t say what the level of nicotine was in her smokes.
The federal Food and Drug Administration hasn’t ruled yet on the e-cigarettes, although preliminary tests have shown that there are often low levels of nicotine even in cigarettes that say they are nicotine-free. The FDA also has said that the products should be sold with health warnings and that they’re concerned that the e-cigarette is being marketed to young people.
E-cigarettes have already been banned in Australia and Canada, and while it’s not certain whether that will happen in the U.S., Heigl might want to stock up on her supply.
Or quit cold turkey, even if it does drive her bananas. It’s only a temporary state, Katherine. (tvsquad)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.