Of course, seeing a celebrity puffing on an e-cigarette might be something to worry about if you are a parent and know that your kid is a big fan. But then again, if you are smoking cigarettes and see Leo DiCaprio going for a healthier alternative doesn’t it make you wonder why? Doesn’t it encourage you to give them a try and see if you can cut down on the number of smokes that destroy your lungs every day? Who is a kid going to look after more as he grows up, a celebrity that only plays in a few movies or his father or mother that he interacts with on a daily basis?
We agree, vaping shouldn’t be glamorized and it’s not the kind of behavior we want our youths to witness, especially those coming from a non-smoking family. But this gateway effect that so many advocates are citing and worried about might be more a fairytale. There have been a number of studies and surveys and one fact is clear – minors are not that likely to try e-cigarettes than they were to try tobacco in the past. While they do come in eye catching packages and the flavors are predominantly sweet, e-cigarettes appeal more to adults.
The problem with so many anti vaping advocates is that they want to ‘kill’ a product that helps millions of people getting their nicotine fix with much less health risks based solely on some presumptions and without any scientific evidence. ‘Shoot firs and ask the questions later’ isn’t the way to go if we take into consideration the bigger picture. Just think about how much money is being saved on healthcare alone for 100,000 people that managed to quit cigarettes entirely in their mid-30’s with the help of ecigs. That money can go to other sectors of the economy like education or building hospitals, end e-cigarettes managed to do this without even being prescribed by doctors as a smoking alternative device.
Usually, anti vaping advocates take on a fact and distort it to the maximum, creating a general fear and panic but without any kind of proof. You probably heard about a number of isolated incidents regarding e-cigarette batteries exploding and injuring people. Well, let’s take a minute and imagine that out of 5 million of e-cigs sold, only 5 of them exploded (and let’s be fair and acknowledge the fact that many of the incidents happened because the owners used chargers not intended for their devices). This is a chance of 1 million to one for an ecig to explode. Now let’s ask ourselves how many fire hazards happen from 5 million packs of cigarettes being sold and how many victims are there on the long run?
Yes, e-cigarettes do have some chemicals and their effects on our lungs, heart and other organs are still unknown on the long term. And yes, they pose less risks when compared to tobacco cigarettes but the risks are there especially for a non-smoker. But when you think about it, doesn’t the good outweigh the bad?