Vaping with e-cigarettes has been getting a lot of bad press in recent years, specifically because of fears that a new generation of children and young adults are being addicted to nicotine all over again. Many countries have implemented restrictions or outright bans on the product, citing all manner of reasons, such as their appeal to children as a toy or gadget.
A big blow to the vaping industry came when the United States CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) released a report that documented thousands lung disease cases caused by vaping, complete with 34 reported deaths. While those aren’t nice numbers, they pale in comparison to the millions of annual deaths from tobacco smoking that is more or less grandfathered into society.
So why is vaping getting all this unfair attention? Well, it’s not to say that traditional cigarettes have been praised and tolerated up until this point, but they seem to be more tolerated than e-cigarettes are.
Much of the moral outrage against electronic cigarettes comes from parents who see the marketing for them as being targeted towards teens and young adults. The flashy way the products are marketed, with influencers doing ‘tricks’ with them on platforms like YouTube, certainly gives the impression of a scene that impressionable teenage children are going to flock towards.
While there may be a tacit ‘this is trendy’ vibe with e-cigarette marketing, it’s never been blatantly pushed on children (because it’s obviously illegal). This means that vape manufacturers are no more or less guilty a company like McDonalds which one could argue is responsible for increased rates of childhood obesity.
Basically, you can construe a lot of things that corporations do as being targeted at children for a malicious end. It’s not really fair to single out vape manufacturers as predatory in a consumerist society where children are victimised, traumatised, and sold crap on a routine basis.
While of course children shouldn’t be vaping (it’s an adult product for adults to make an informed judgement about), fear of this shouldn’t inform how you restrict e-cigarettes and their sale for adults. With the right education, oversight, and incentive to do the right thing, the issue of children vaping wouldn’t be any worse than underage drinking as it already exists.
Should I start vaping?
Nobody can tell you what to do with your own life and body, but if you want to be informed about your choices then that’s always a good thing. Vaping with an e-cigarette is something you should really only do because it personally interests you, not because you were persuaded by this article.
If you want to know more about vaping, there’s no shortage of resources out there where you can get the cold, hard facts.
If you are thinking about vaping, you really want to consider whether you are going to use nicotine or not. If you are someone who already smokes traditional cigarettes, then using nicotine in your e-cigarette could be a way for you. However, please note smoking e-cigs is unhealthy.
Keep in mind; most countries do not recognise vaping as a proven way to quit smoking and instead will recommend the traditional route of either cold turkey or using patches/gum.
The cool aspects of vaping
While vaping might get a lot of negative press these days and speculation about how unhealthy it is as a recreational product, there are lots of cool things to enjoy about it if you’re an informed adult. For example, there’s thousands and thousands of different e-juice flavours being developed and released so that you always have something new to try out.
There are so many flavour options that some might even make you cringe the first time you see them – such as shrimp or pancake flavour. Sometimes the novelty of trying these flavours out, even if they don’t always agree with your taste palette, it all the fun you need to have with e-cigarettes.
In summary, e-cigarettes are exactly what they are and nothing more. While it can be easy to light a torch and join the mob, what’s the real utility in making vaping a bogeyman other than to obfuscate facts and cause unintended harm?