False Fears of Electronic Cigarettes Bad for Smokers False Fears of Electronic Cigarettes Bad for Smokers

Smokers looking for less harmful alternatives or new quitting methods have been all but nailed into their coffins. Dramatic, yes, but seriously true. Anti-vaping groups have pushed a message onto the general population without realizing the full consequences of their actions. These groups are known for demonizing vapor products to discourage non-smokers, but what they don’t realize is they’re effectively dismantling an entire industry that could have helped smokers trying to quit. This is obviously not in favor of big tobacco, though, and because those huge manufacturers have money to throw around, they are going to take control of all things vaping.

Considering the number of traditional cigarette-related deaths, one would think the U.S. government would be concerned in lowering these numbers. However, the FDA is literally stopping vapor businesses in their tracks. After 10 years, one of the biggest companies in the industry, NJoy, has filed for bankruptcy. More than likely, this is due to the over-regulatory restrictions that recently passed on August 8, 2016. These restrictions require very specific lab testing to be done which obviously comes with a big price tag. Not even the largest vapor companies are going to be able to stay afloat with so many application fees for each flavor or device manufactured.

For those of us that have been unsuccessful at past quitting efforts, vaping is the safest alternative on the market today. When a city, county, or state categorizes e-cigarettes with “analog” tobacco products, they are conveying a message to the general public: “e-cigarettes must be the same as regular cigarettes, so they must not be safe.” On the other side of the coin, there are studies from numerous organizations showing this is not the case. E-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking, but the industry doesn’t want non-smokers to buy their product – only those already doing damage to their bodies with tar and the thousands of chemicals that are pumped into cigarettes.

Let’s set the record straight, folks: the contents of an e-cigarette are not as dangerous to inhale as those of a traditional cigarette. Also, there are no significant second-hand effects with vaping as compared to smoking. Numerous studies have provided this information and will continue to do so. It’s quite possible that the negative connotation developed by anti-vaping groups is going to cost us lives in the end – lives of those looking for a way out of the grips of tobacco. Now, this group is going to miss out on what could have been the greatest opportunity to change their lives and move toward a healthier lifestyle.


Katie Bercham - CocktailNerd Editor

Katie actually had a negative first experience of electronic cigarettes, picking up a cheap and horrible model from my local mall. Thanks to a chance meeting with co-editor David, she hasn’t had a tobacco cigarette in over 5 years. She brings a strong female voice to the e-cig community.