I have spent the better part of a year writing about this thing called vaping. I knew when I started this habit that there were conflicting opinions and possible regulations coming down the pipeline at some point. However, my "job" was to write about the products and eventually the people behind them.
Last night, I did an interview with a gentleman named David Goerlitz. Some of you might know him, some of you may not. During a majority of the 80's, he went by a more famous moniker of The Winston Man. After quitting the tobacco industry, David spent the better part of 25 years in speaking out against the tobacco industry (and more recently joining the vaping movement as a powerful voice). You can see part of his story in the upcoming film A Billion Lives.
The fire and passion behind this man's words and motivation were almost infectious. You can watch the interview here.
I thought I would take the time to try and explain a few particular things when it comes to vaping and some of the misconceptions. I am not a shop owner, nor am I involved financially with a vaping company. Therefore, I can speak my mind freely about anything relating to the industry. My email address will be at the bottom of the article if you have any questions.
What is Vaping?
Vaping has a simple formula with 4 ingredients. Propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), food based flavorings, and nicotine. The purpose of the first two is very basic, and that is to create a suspension for the last two ingredients in a form that will emulate the smoking visualization that smokers are used to and to carry the flavorings and nicotine evenly. This is a huge difference from the 4000+ chemicals in one cigarette.
There are two huge misconceptions that bring fire (no pun intended) to vaping. The first being that nicotine causes cancer. In fact, nicotine itself does not cause cancer. It exists in certain vegetables in nature, and is used in a variety of smoking cessation products. The idea was to roughly match the users nicotine level based on their cigarette preference and to ween the user down to no nicotine, thus virtually eliminating their smoking habit.
The other misconception involves propylene glycol. If it has a somewhat scientific name, it goes under the proverbial microscope. PG is used as a preservative in food, a carrier in other vaporizers (such as a nebulizer or inhalers like Albuterol). It has also gone under fire as a poison to dogs, despite being used in some foods or treats. Because the PG dissipates in a mist instead of it's liquid form, it's much less harmful in being around animals.
Yet the rumors continue to spread...
Vaping is a man-made solution to a man-made problem. The government has invested billions of dollars in these companies as essentially "a deal with the devil". Revenues via taxes are being eliminated as a result of these vaping products. The pharmaceutical industry is losing billions in smoking cessation products like Chantix, patches/gums, etc. People are able to kick the habit and these big businesses are not profiting from it. They play a big part in mass media and funding research, so headlines get skewered as a result. "Popcorn lung", devices being unsafe, vaping products being more lethal than cigarettes....this is all being presented to the public as a way to sweep this industry under the rug.
But it's not going to be that easy.....
If you guys have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will continue this next time.
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