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August 27, 2014 10:16 ET

Agritek Holdings Inc. Announces New Research: E-Cigs Safer Alternative to Regular Cigarettes

New Evidence Supports E-Cigs May Help People Quit Tobacco Products

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - August 27, 2014) - Agritek Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: AGTK) (, a fully reporting company on the OTCQB and leader in Compassionate Care Technology and indoor/outdoor agricultural solutions for the medicinal marijuana industry, today announced that new evidence supported by the American Medical Association (AMA) and an analysis of 81 studies supports e-cigs as a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. Further evidence suggests that e-cigs may even help smokers quit, researchers say.

The popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) has outpaced available scientific data -- especially when it comes to answering two questions: Are they safe? Can they help people quit conventional cigarettes?

More people using e-cigs

More people are using e-cigarettes, particularly those who already smoke conventional cigarettes. Other research supports this finding. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 1 in 5 U.S. cigarette smokers have tried the readily available e-cigs. In addition:

  • E-cig sales have doubled every year since their introduction in 2007
  • The $1.5 billion U.S. e-cig industry tripled its sales in 2013
  • E-cig use also doubled among high school students, from 4.7 percent in 2011 to 10 percent in 2012

The Mont Blunt™ ( brand of e-cigs, owned and exclusively distributed by Agritek Holdings, come in a disposable pack of two e-cigs, with no charging necessary. "We have worked extremely hard to seek out the right manufacturing relationships to create a premium brand of e-cigarettes, available in various doses of nicotine as well as menthol flavors under our Mont Blunt™ brand. The brand is presently available via our web site, as well through specific retailers of which we are rapidly expanding our reach nationally," stated B. Michael Friedman, CEO of Agritek Holdings.

Toxicant comparison

Researchers also compared the toxicant levels in both e-liquids and aerosols versus tobacco smoke. They found that e-liquids and aerosols were much lower in toxicants and that their carcinogen content was "negligible." This new research is supported by a finding by Roswell Park Cancer Institute researchers. They reviewed 12 e-cig brands and found that toxicant levels were 9 to 450 times lower than in cigarette smoke.

While this may mean e-cigs are less harmful than conventional cigarettes, this does not mean they are carcinogen-free. Notably, some e-cigs emit different amounts of nicotine with each puff, perhaps due to inconsistency or lack of quality control in manufacturing.

Can e-cigs help you quit smoking?

Additional research supports the idea that e-cigarettes can reduce smoking urges and could help motivated smokers to quit. E-cigs have been shown to be as effective as nicotine inhalers in reducing both craving and withdrawals effects. Whether e-cigs can safely help people quit smoking remains to be seen. Since e-cig manufacturers have not submitted an application to the FDA for their use in smoking cessation, e-cigs are not currently FDA-approved for such use.

Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) requested tighter restrictions on the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes. The AMA's recommendations include a minimum age of purchase; childproof packaging; restrictions on flavors that appeal to young people, and a ban on unsupported claims that the devices help people quit smoking. Preventing the marketing of e-cigarettes to minors is another priority, the AMA says. 

About Agritek Holdings, Inc.
Agritek Holdings, Inc. (, the first fully reporting Company and pioneer within the medicinal marijuana space provides innovative patient and agricultural solutions seeks to be the leader in Compassionate Care Technology for the medicinal marijuana industry. Agritek Holdings provides real estate management and health and wellness product lines including beverages, vaporizers and accessories under the Mont Blunt™ brand ( Agritek Holdings Inc. does not directly grow, harvest, or distribute or sell cannabis or any substances that violate United States law or the Controlled Substances Act, nor does it intend to do so in the future.

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