7 Healthcast: Liquid cigarette
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Becky Ulik says she's desperate to quit smoking.
"I have two young children and one of them was getting asthma and I know it's directed to my smoking," she said.
Becky is one of about 20 smokers selected for a clinical trial of a new smoking cessation device. These liquid filled tubes are called "Smoke Break."
"It's basically a liquid cigarette and doesn't have any of the carcinogens, any of the negative things," said researcher Carl Olson.
But it does have nicotine, which is highly addictive. These smokers are being asked to use the liquid cigarette for 90 days. And researchers hope they will help them kick the real habit.
"And if you can have something that you can control in that hand to mouth motion, just like a cigarette smoker controls it we're optimistic and hopeful that that's going to help people discontinue cigarette smoking," Olson said.
After 13 years of smoking, Becky is hopeful too.
"I'm excited, and I think if I take that excitement into it, I'll do fine," she said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 430,000 people in the U.S. die as a result of smoking each year.(Copyright 2008 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)