There are two groups who are trying to get electronic cigarettes banned right now – the tobacco prohibitionists, who wish to see the end of tobacco companies, users, products, and of course, electronic cigarettes, and the large drug companies that produce and advertise their smoking cessation drugs such as Chantix (may increase the risk of heart attack and depression) and NRT (works barely 5% of the time), along with other government sanctioned medications that are used to treat the “addiction to tobacco”.
Critics of e-cigs often make the arguments that “people don’t know what’s in this”, along with “there’s no medical studies on electronic cigarettes”, and “the dangers aren’t explained”. These critics are often heads of health or medical institutions, along with their followers. Many of these labs and university research groups have a debt to the pharmaceutical industry, who provides them with funding and other forms of support to allow them to work on the research they do.
The media always goes to these figures and those in positions of authority for statements and PR messages, and they only facilitate the spread of their words. As sales increase for electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers, the FDA regulations become a larger and larger threat that’s been looming on the horizon. Fortunately, there are some people, like Dr. Michael Seigel, from tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com, who actively speak out against the negativity and slander from the media, as well as organizations such as the CASAA, who work around the world to make sure the results of studies and opinions of those who have been using electronic cigarettes since their conception reach everyone’s ears.
Government health officials, amongst other who oppose electronic cigarettes, have been wrongfully insinuating the following about e-cigarettes and related products:
– Does not help facilitate quitting at all
– Are used to bypass NO SMOKING policies.
– Causes cancer and contains toxins.
– Markets towards the youth.
– Just as dangerous as cigarettes themselves.
– Create noxious secondhand fumes.
In the FDA’s test that was ran on 19 various electronic cigarettes in 2009 (the cigarettes were from two brands that sued the FDA – this study was out of spite, not seeking to know the truth) discovered there were no hazardous materials. Even so, Commissioner Josh Sharfstein chose to hide this truth about these lab tests in order to frighten both the judges who were working on the case, and the public. The FDA used “factoids” and sound-bites that were taken out of context in order to build an opposition stance.
But what’s the reality? The FDA discovered that nicotine based chewing gums, patches and lozenges had similar levels of carcinogens to electronic cigarettes, and that one sample was well below the toxicity level for DEG and was of no health risks at all.
Other sources of information and research on electronic cigarettes have added that:
– The products don’t emit smoke, only vapor, and thus pose no health risk to bystanders.
– Are at least 99% better than cigarettes in terms of health.
– Non-smokers do not buy them.
– The youth generation has not regularly bought them, although some teens may have experimented with the products once or twice.
– Almost exclusively used by those who smoke cigarettes and those who quit smoking cigarettes.
– Have led over a million cigarette users to quit.
– Have led over another millions of cigarette users to cut down their smoking.
We do love science and research, especially when studies are done properly and correctly, especially if studies do happen to find harm in using electronic cigarettes. However, when the real studies aren’t supported or given time in the limelight, biased studies take the lead that have an agenda behind them, and the truth becomes lost behind all of the false information being given out.
Most studies today are financed by private groups, in countries with less stringent restrictions on research, and any information that’s withheld means that products can’t evolve, change, and meet requirements to become better and greater. For example, what if there was something in the e-Liquid that was harmful? Then research could be carried out immediately to develop new formulas, and the problem could be avoided. Very few actually claim that e-Cigs are absolutely safe for human use, but these risks are small and negligible in comparison to the harm that cigarettes can cause, and the benefits that ex-smokers can gain back from vaping, and the safety of others who are around those who do.
Many medical experts now agree that electronic cigarettes are at the least, safer than cigarettes, and are not AS deadly as stated previously. However, these experts still seem to confuse smoking and vaping, and consider them to be the same when vaping does not involve any combustion. In fact, members of the WHO have recently talked about how dangerous the electronic cigarette industry is, which can only push more and more into using tobacco products.
Calling vaping “e-tobacco” shows how little these people know about what vaping really is.
Many regulators have started considering that electronic cigarettes are the same as the big tobacco companies, especially since big tobacco has started investing into the e-cig industry. Based on behavioral studies and my own experiences from 5 years of vaping, the chance of an electronic cigarette user becoming a tobacco smoker is very, very small.
No one who isn’t a smoker should try electronic cigarettes, for obvious reasons. However, to be honest and fair, if young adults who were going to get into smoking end up using electronic cigarettes instead, their health should be better and that is still better than letting them use tobacco cigarettes.
Prohibitionists and lobbyists aren’t trying to help the public, they’re instead feeding lies about electronic cigarettes to help the drug industry that pays their salaries and provides them funding. These advocates against electronic cigarettes need to be ousted, by medical professionals, healthcare speakers, and society. E-cigs have possibly saved the lives of millions, and can save many, many more, only if the truth is told.