Smoke Screen – is vaping good or bad?

Public health campaigns have so successfully tied smoking to lung cancer that people often don’t realize more smokers die of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than of lung cancer. Soneji tried to tell the shop owner, and many others at the summit, that smoking significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and that recent studies suggest e-cigarettes also increase heart attack risk. But they didn’t listen to him. They didn’t understand how anyone could question the value of a product they believe helps people quit one of the world’s deadliest habits… More at The Verge.

I didn’t realise that e-cigarettes are so heavily funded by traditional tobacco companies. Some of the potential evidence in the above article may give you pause as well if you vape.

Rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed so they can be more widely used and accepted in society, says a report by MPs.
Vaping is much less harmful than normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes should be made available on prescription to help more people quit smoking, it said… More at the BBC.

And here is another view. The problem here is that some people are overly anti any form of smoking, especially vaping which likely causes no harm to anyone around the paper, but they are happy for people who vape to have to stand with real smokers in designated smoking areas. At some point a decision needs to be made on this because at the moment it is like being charged with drink driving after you have drunk non-alcoholic beer.

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  1. (admittedly this is a 2016 repost for me 😉

    I think I figured out why Vaping seems so weird to me- even beyond the dystopian sci-fi feel of it, beyond the goofy candy flavors that are often chosen for it, beyond folks who treat the human fog-machine aspect as a competitive sport:

    A classic cigarette is an event. Like having a drink, it demarks a period of time (often providing a small time of respite from work drudgery): from the moment of lighting to when the cigarette is stubbed out. This seems not to be the case with people vaping; people can carry it around and take a puff whenever they feel like it.

    Vonnegut kind of justified smoking as “a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide” but vaping seems to rob it of some of that critical dignity… at its worse, especially dangling from a chain around the neck, the vaporizer looks (and, to some extent, acts) like a baby’s pacifier- at its best, it’s like someone walking around with a sports bottle, having a pull as thirst dictates.

    Again, not really trying to mock its use, just isolating why it seems so goofy to me in a “you kids get off my lawn!” kind of way.

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