From 2 packs a day to e-cigs


Mahoning County native Brian Gage was a longtime smoker when he discovered electronic cigarettes. Shortly after, he began opting for the electronic alternative to his two-pack-a-day smoking habit.

Last year, Gage launched his own e-cigarette company, Firebrand Electronic Cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated nicotine vaporizers that are shaped like cigarettes. They emit vapor rather than smoke, and they don’t contain tar.

“There is nicotine in it, and nicotine is not healthy,” Gage said. “But what you’re not getting is the 56 other chemicals found in regular cigarettes.”

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