The simple answer is “for the pleasure!” Most “vapers” have no problem confessing to nicotine addiction. And those who do not are probably in denial. But it’s not a crime to like and use nicotine.
Vapor vs. Smoke – The Real Issue
With the amount of worldwide usage of e-cigarettes, if there was/is a serious health hazard from them you’d think there would be recognizable trends and statistics. However in over a decade, there has yet to be established a sufficient case to determine whether a general condemning statement regarding e-cigarettes can be made. The most that the FDA and other organizations can document is that there are “reasons for concern,” and it “may damage the lungs.” This may be counterbalanced by other statements such as “they don’t harm the heart,” as claimed by a recent Greek study. Furthermore, we should be reasonable when we consider any statements regarding e-cigarettes. For instance, “may damage the lungs” type of statements can be misleading. Is it more of a threat than smog? I doubt it. Cigarettes? Certainly not. So, reasons for concern, or “may” statements should be kept in perspective.
Compare e-cigarette vaping to tobacco-filled cigarette use, and there is no contest. It has been said by numerous authorities as the results of countless research studies that the smoke from a burning cigarette releases anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 chemicals, including approximately 70 of them cancer causing, and hundreds more of which are classified as poisonous. Smoking also increases susceptibility to bacterial infection.
One has to wonder… who is making the biggest racket in putting down e-cigs? Could it be the cigarette companies themselves? Oddly enough, some of the biggest names in the tobacco industry are investing in e-cig companies. Perhaps they see the writing on the wall.
If nicotine lovers can get their charge of nic’ without cigarettes, what effect will this have on the future of the traditional tobacco industry?
The United States Food and Drug Administration discourages the use of e-cigarettes due to rising concerns that involve what they call “tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which apparently are known for causing cancer, but are detected in some, not all, brand options. The USFDA is also concerned that the present legality of e-cigarettes may lure children to start partaking. These are fair enough concerns. However, not yet serious enough to cause general alarm.
Authorities in the US as well as many nations worldwide cannot claim that they are healthy or unhealthy. But it seems logical that the handful of harmful elements that are present in e-cigarette use are far outweighed by what Terry Martin (About.com – Smoking Cessation Guide) calls “thousands of poisons, toxic metals, and carcinogens that are attributed to smoking cigarettes. Ms. Martin goes on the identify about 70 carcinogenic chemicals that cause or aggravate cancer.
In March 2013, Dr. Michael Siegel, professor in the Department of Health Sciences, Boston University of Public Health, wrote: “Our findings are consistent with the idea that substituting tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes may substantially reduce exposure to selected tobacco-specific toxicants.” Dr. Siegel went on to say that E-cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy among smokers unwilling to quit warrants further study.
The basic report by Dr. Siegel indicates that “New Study of Electronic Cigarette Vapor Confirms that E-Cigs are Much Safer than Regular Cigarettes.” So isn’t it quite obvious that a possible minor threat of an e-cig versus the bonafide killer of real cigarettes is a no-brainer?
Thousands of people are experiencing success in quitting cigarettes in exchange for the e-cigarette. The common statement is one to be cherished – “I feel better!” Lung conditions seem to be improving. However, e-cig manufacturers and distributors are careful to make no claims. But is has been noted via surveys that about 30% of those implementing the use of e-cigs specifically for the purpose of quitting cigarettes were totally successful. And about 2/3rds of those who tried found significant reductions in their tobacco use.
So, without making any unsubstantiated claims or applying tricky language, we’re standing up for those who feel that they would like their nicotine delivered in a way that is now considered safer than cigarettes. Dr. Siegel’s study also concludes, “The results of this study support the proposition that the vapor from e-cigarettes is less injurious than the smoke from cigarettes. Thus one would expect that if a person switched from conventional cigarettes to e-cigarettes the exposure to toxic chemicals and related adverse health effects would be reduced. “
Well, that’s good enough for us. Let the FDA go after cigarettes, alcohol, sugar, and the multitude of other things that we know are killing millions of people. From those doomed masses, maybe promoting e-cigarettes will create a movement that will save many lives, let alone save them money while they’re at it. No smoke, thousands less toxic chemicals, no smelly odor… and feeling better – moving from cigarette smoking to e-cigarette vaping seems like a more than fair deal, and a pretty good idea.
Meanwhile, vaping has created its own worldwide community and trend. I think as we’re having fun vaping, we’re probably providing a good service to humanity as well.