Why It Is Wise To Tolerate E-Cigarettes?





The debate on electronic cigarettes is heating up. Vapes, battery-operated devices designed to heat a liquid version of nicotine and turn it into vapor, have been a subject of clashes. Clashing opinion between opposition and supporters have been on the upswing contending whether the vapors that come out from the device are truly harmless or not.

Now some jurisdictions—states and cities—are now looking to include vapes in the list of banned things that contain tobacco. The funny thing about this move is that vapes do not contain tobacco. Nicotine, yes, but there is no tobacco contained in vapes. The sad part is that legislation is going to ban all forms of electronic cigarettes including those that do not produce anything and those which do not contain any nicotine.

The fact remains that all the accusations and insinuations against electronic cigarettes are unfounded. There is no compelling data, evidence and fact that the risks posed by vapes are real. Much of the fear being generated by the opposition is based on their fertile imaginations. The evidence is spread thin on electronic cigarettes but the legislators are convinced that unless there would evidence to prove otherwise, it is best to keep ecigs out of the hands of the people. It is better to be safe than sorry.

But the research on e-cigarettes tells that they are effective in helping smokers quit. The study from Italy and the one that got published in Lancet proves that vapes have something up their sleeves. Research shows that vapes are as effective if not more effective as FDA-approved methods of ceasing the smoking habit.

Everybody knows that addiction to nicotine is a bad thing. People are getting hooked on nicotine because they like the calming and soothing effect it provides. Nicotine has messed up the pleasure centers of smokers. This lead to the eventual reliance and addiction to the nicotine fix to ease anxiety and stress. This belief of smoking relieving stress has been long debunked by scientific data and evidence. In fact, smoking can lead to chronic stress.

Tobacco revenues continue to plummet thanks to regulations that imposed taxes. Taxes are being levied on tobacco as a way to discourage smokers and lead them to think the practical value of quitting. Now, some states are looking to do the same thing with vapes. The only problem is the fact that, unlike tobacco, ecigs do not cause health risks. The reason why tobacco is being taxed heavily is due to the health risks that it carries. This is absolutely non-existent with vapes.

This is where the dilemma comes in. Here is a product that is virtually unknown and is being poised as the savior of millions of lives. But the fact that there is very little known about it cast unfounded fear which are remnants of the tryst with tobacco. People back in the old days allowed smoking virtually everywhere but it also caused a huge backlash. Since the health risks of tobacco were unknown at the start—when the data came back there was a great shock. Anti-tobacco advocates have learned their lesson about tobacco and are poised not to make the same mistake with vapes.

History tells us that harm reduction should be encouraged despite having numerous risks since the resulting action will be beneficial. It is very hard for health advocates to look things in the eyes of the industry. E-cig makers have spent countless hours perfecting vapes and make them safer to use. Vapes occupy a special role in the efforts to eliminate the use of tobacco. It suggests that regulation is better than total banning.

The cigarette became a public enemy number one after the Surgeon General issued warnings against it. In fact the government spent money to find safer alternatives to tobacco to help addicts with their nicotine addiction. The alternatives then were low-nicotine or low-tar brands but not even the two can match the amount of harm reduced by electronic cigarettes.

Anti-cancer advocates fear that continued use of nicotine in some less harmful form will only perpetuate the addiction. Smokers will no longer consider quitting because they feel that they can use vapes to get nicotine and lower their health risks at the same time. Again, these are just possibilities that have no basis in reality and produced by the paranoid minds that are against vaping.

The protection of bystanders from smoking has been an issue that is waiting to be used against vapes. Studies reveal that the vapor that is being emitted by vapes does not cause any adverse, short-term health risks. The chemicals that are in the vapor are too insignificant to cause any worry that may entail risks to the health. While there is no such thing as a safe cigarette—there is always a safer cigarette that smokers can use in the company of other people.

In order to make vaping more socially acceptable, vapes used a unique feature to become more accepted. E-cigs have this unique ability to make the vapors that come out from the device smell better. Today, there are vapes that produce vapors that smell like bubblegum, cotton candy, buttered popcorn, chocolate or vanilla.

Dependence on tobacco is a chronic disease that may need treatment that will last the lifetime of a smoker. Nicotine delivery systems used as smoking-cessation aids are tolerated for long-term use despite being approved for temporary escape from nicotine addiction. That leads us to the reality that vapes should be also tolerated due to their ability to help people quit smoking.

There is always a price to pay. The price of the risks that electronic cigarettes carry is surely cheaper than what you will have to pay when you are smoking cigarettes. The only difference is that there is an opportunity of ending the payment. If there is a chance for electronic cigarettes to even make a dent and prevent a thousand lives from dying from tobacco – then preventing or prohibiting electronic cigarettes would be a silly proposition and counter-productive.