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Why We Need to Celebrate E-Cigs, Not Classify Them as Cigarettes!

eversmoke-vapor-e-cigarettesHuffington Post ran an article on electronic cigarettes this week harking up the positives of vaping, asking the public to stop attempting to equate electronic smoking with traditional smoking.

The author, Tony Newman, who also happens to be the director of media relations at Drug Policy Alliance, discusses his own experience with e-cigarettes, as well as how they have enabled him, as a former smoker, to choose a more enjoyable path, without tobacco.

Newman raises many valid points in his article, ranging from the obvious: vaping is not smoking, to the serious: smoking bans are a negative force when they include electronic smoking because it removes options from those who are not using tobacco, to the positive: when he touches on the fact that many top international scientists are proponents of electronic cigarette usage, and recently wrote to the World Health Organization declaring the merits and lifesaving opportunities e-cigarettes possess. He also goes into detail on the politics of e-cigarettes, and how detrimental imposing restrictions can be when e-cigarette regulations do not take into account how much they actually help those who use them. As a vaper himself, he sees the many positives these products have benefitted him with, and contributes leaving a cigarette habit behind to his e-cigarette use.

There are a great many reasons using e-cigarettes is an entirely different thing than smoking tobacco cigarettes. They produce no smoke, only emitting clean water vapor. They contain no tobacco whatsoever. They burn no substances when used, and do not produce combustion. When a person vapes, they do not leave themselves susceptible to tar accumulation, as electronic cigarettes do not leave behind anything when used. No tar, no residue, nothing. In fact, you cannot even smell them during, or after they are used.

A huge part of publicly limiting electronic cigarettes is causing a social stigma to be developed, and it is rather unfair. The world is slowly coming to terms with electronic smoking, and e-cigarettes as alternatives to tobacco. They were created as an option, and the majority of users use them, and view them in that manner. They have helped and benefitted millions, the time has come to embrace e-cigarette usage, not fear it.

NY Bans E-Cigs Sales to Minors

New York has just banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, as of January 1st. One of the nation’s most determined states when it comes to keeping cigarettes and nicotine products out of the hands of the youth, New York is known for being pretty tough on smokers. This new legislation however, is a great thing for e-cigs. It gives them further credibility, and quiets down the critics who claim they are made to target teenagers.

E-cigarettes, unlike traditional cigarettes are not marketed towards children. They have been made for smokers, as an alternative. They are not made to lure in potential smokers, regardless of age, and definitely not those underage! They are designed to be similar to cigarettes so that smokers can get used them, and to keep them familiar. Since the inception of electronic cigs, since they hit the market, people have tried to claim that they are attempting to appeal to children and teens with their many flavors. EverSmoke, and any responsible e-cigarette companies have already had in place measures to keep those under the age of 18 from purchasing their products. If you analyze the vast majority of advertisements for e-cigarettes you will find that they do not use marketing tactics to entice young people. It is a niche market that appeals to adults who are current smokers!

While it has not been illegal until now for minors to purchase e-cigarettes in New York, it would be interesting to actually see figures on how many young people beneath the legal age are using them. I am sure it isn’t many. They are not exactly the “hot new thing” for young people; they are more likely to be used by these very same kids’ parents to help them get away from cigarettes! E-cigs are not a gateway sort of product; they are usually used by people looking to stop smoking! When it comes to technology, kids aren’t interested in things like alternative cigarettes… they are more inclined to go after high-tech gaming systems and iPhones. Less and less teens are smoking now than ever anyway, because tobacco doesn’t have the same cool factor as it once did. The new laws regarding e-cigarettes are a great thing; underage kids shouldn’t be using nicotine products, and this gives the electronic cigarette industry further fuel as legitimate cigarette alternatives!

What You Need to Know About E-Cigarette Bans

It’s pretty obvious that electronic cigarettes are faced with a lot of controversy. Between the proponents and the adversaries, there is a lot of mixed information going on right now. Many people are claiming electronic cigarettes are unhealthy, unsafe, and dangerous, all the while there is plenty of information to say otherwise. Currently, Canada does not permit the sales of e-cigs, however traditional tobacco cigarettes are perfectly legal. Does this make sense to anyone? E-Cigarette use is not illegal there, but sales are.

Even still, many people are fighting for bans and restrictions, and it is kind of hard to decipher the truth when personal interests really get in the way here in the States. In the quaint Bay Area city of San Rafael, many are pushing for restrictions on e-cigs to match the strict ordinances on tobacco cigarettes. This is the same case scenario in many other parts of the country as well.

Such is the case with Dr. Ellen Hahn, from the Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy recently went on record during a television interview, unleashing a diatribe filled with holes and inaccurate information about e-cigarettes. She is connected to the Rx powerhouse Pfizer, the notorious maker of numerous cigarette-cessation drugs. The basis of her argument was that smokers should not use vapor alternative cigarettes as a cessation device because of their abundance of carcinogenic compounds as well as the fact that no one is entirely sure what is contained within them. Perhaps she needs to actually investigate what e-cigs are really all about, and perhaps she needs to look into the more legitimate, more responsible brands that exist. Because if she were to do some research into EverSmoke, as well as many of the other well-known brands, she would find that we disclose our ingredients. Even more importantly, we do not promote or consider our products and electronic cigarette starter kits to be “cessation devices.” They are an alternative option, and our cartridges do contain nicotine, with the exemption of our 0mg nicotine cartridges. Without any uncertainty, our e-cigarette products produce no smoke, tobacco or otherwise. Nothing gets burned during the vaping process, and while vapor bears an uncanny resemblance to smoke, it is simply water vapor.

Millions of people are switching from tobacco to electronic, and the vast majority of them are well-informed about the positives. Some claim e-cigs are bad because they are tempting to teens and others who are at risk, however they are much less easily accessible than cigarettes are. Doubters also cite that e-cigarette brands are not looking towards the betterment of their users, claiming they will get hooked on vapor cigs and never quit. This is also untrue, because even though e-smokes are not meant for cessation, users gain a much greater sense of control when using them, and often can wean themselves off at their own comfort level. And in the process, they aren’t immersing themselves in toxic, carcinogenic smoke. So bans or no bans, if smokers are determined to quit using vapor, they are going to. When there’s a will, there’s a way, as the old saying goes!