Vaping grows in popularity; health officials concerned

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RIVERTON, Utah — Travis Worthen smoked as many as two packs a day for about 27 years, trying everything to quit.

“I’d gone through everything in the book, different medications, the different prescriptions from doctors, the gum, everything,” he said in an interview with FOX 13. “I’d actually given up. I’d had enough. I’d tried everything, cold turkey.”

Then, his friends told him to try vaping as a way to wean himself off of cigarettes. The results, he claims, are life changing.

“After 27 years of smoking, about one week it took and I was done with cigarettes,” he said.

E-cigarettes are being touted as an alternative to traditional tobacco products — and some claim they are much healthier. But health departments are becoming increasingly concerned about the new devices — and lawmakers are gearing up to put them under tighter scrutiny.

“It’s not about quitting, really,”…

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