Ex-smokers think it’s a no-brainer: e cigs are good news. Government bodies aren’t sure what to think. The World Health Organization has vilified them. Which opinion carries the most weight? Does each side have something valid to say? Consider these electronic cigarette debates and come to your own conclusion.
Thoughts from Vapers
While many smokers still don’t trust e cigs, a lot of them will try nicotine patches, lozenges, gum, and cold turkey only to turn to electronic cigarettes. Consumers who have already made the switch are adamant that the only changes they have noticed are good ones.
For instance, it’s common for a person’s health to improve considerably once he gives up cigarettes and starts using e liquid. Poignant accounts show that individuals on the brink of death have turned their lives around to claim a new lease on life. Countless advocates for electronic vaping devices claim they could hardly breathe, climb stairs, or talk without coughing before they swapped analogs for electronic nicotine replacement. Now they can imagine a future with their loved ones and spend more time being active with their children and/or grandchildren.
A lot of these people were addicted to nicotine and feared withdrawal. They gave it up by weaning down from high levels by 0.6% or even smaller increments until they reached zero.
They point out that cigarettes cost them a lot of money. Addicts will always put the source of their addiction before everything else, but now vapers are freed from the financial ties which stopped them from saving money for better things or getting caught up in debt because they could not give up cigarettes.
Community has grown up around the vaping industry. People from all areas of society and at every age meet at vaping exhibitions, vape stores, and online to form friendships and even romantic liaisons.
Entrepreneurs, whose prospects looked grim due to the recession, open vape shops, make a living, employ local people, and contribute to city taxes. Their bustling stores are good for other businesses; a lot better than empty buildings would be.
Against E Cigs
Studies prove there are many times more chemicals in cigarette smoke than there are in e liquid vapor. That does not mean, however, that this vapor is innately “safe.” Firstly, toxins have been identified, perhaps coming from e liquid ingredients, but possibly released from overheated materials used to make e cigs.
Nicotine remains a problem and vapers sometimes forget that it’s a poison. They argue it’s not as potent as cigarette smoke and too much is made of this stimulant, but doctors disagree. They argue that anything which changes a person’s brain chemistry and causes an addictive response should be studied more carefully.
Vapers’ children are opening and drinking bottles of e liquid containing nicotine and becoming sick, or even dying, as a result. Teens are attracted to e cigs but don’t think about the potential to become addicts.
Why do teens want to vape? Studies show an alarming rate of experimentation among under-age individuals (the age for vaping being the same as legal smoking age). They are drawn to flavors that sound like soda pop and candy. A lot of advertising promotes e cigs as hip, cool, and sexy. Parents, health officials, and government agencies are concerned.
They are also concerned that e liquid is not being produced in sterile, controlled environs. Instead of laboratories, many companies simply mix juice in a room behind their shop. It might be nothing more than a kitchen or a staff room without filters, stainless steel tables, or other safety and hygiene measures in place. Ingredients used to make their juices could be inferior, unregulated, and customers wouldn’t know. They behave as though “safer” is the same thing as “safe.”
The e-waste created by e cigs bothers environmentalists. The obvious answer to their complaint is to show evidence of how costly cigarette smoking has been to the US environment. Marine life is threatened by cigarette butts. Cigarette smoke contributes to air pollution.
Both sides assert strong points, but consumers can arm themselves with knowledge and look forward to the results of exciting medical and scientific research.