What makes a hero? To me, a hero stands up for the people when they are oppressed. Vaping is in dire need of a hero at the moment with numerous articles both online and in print discouraging people from “potential” hazards of vaping.
We may have finally found the heroes who will represent vaping and have the medical backing to do so. Their names are Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and Dr. Riccardo Polosa, world renowned cardiologists who have been following the rise of vaping and have been conducting studies themselves.
This all started when an article was published by the BMA Occupational Medicine Committee saying that e-cigarettes have yet to prove they are safe to use and therefore need to be quarantined while long term research is conducted.
Doctors Farsalinos and Polosa posted an online response to this article. They touched on the arguments brought up in the initial article, such as nicotine poisoning and the banning of e-cigarettes.
I summarized their answers below:
1. E-Cigarettes should be quarantined until further research has proved them to be safe. – This is highly questionable because this is not the procedure when a new medication is being introduced to the market. Researchers monitor users AFTER it has been launched. Kind of like how Chantix was being promoted as a way to quit smoking while it was PROVEN to cause suicide tendencies and even death.
2. Nicotine poisoning. – It is unfair to associate the rise of accidental poisoning with e-juice, when majority of these poisonings are from common household items. Until now, there are no recorded deaths due to e-juice poisoning.
The doctors also question the quoted lethal dosage of nicotine which the BMA set at 40mg-60mg. These findings were from research done in the 19th century. More recent and accurate studies show that the lethal dosage of nicotine is actually around 500mg-1000mg mark. There has been a documented case of a person who ingested 1500mg of nicotine, and was released from the hospital a few hours later without any complications.
3. Nicotine causes cancer. – Although there have been laboratory findings that support this, no clinical study has or can verify this information.
4. E-Cigarettes being pushed on to non-smokers and teens. – Unlike the business model of tobacco cigarettes which thrives on converting non-smokers into smokers, vaping caters to smokers who want to become non-smokers.
E-cigarettes were never promoted as a “new hip lifestyle” that kids should try as an introduction to tobacco cigarettes. Vaping was always marketed as a way for smokers to stop smoking.
As far as e-cigarettes corrupting our youth, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a recent survey and found out that only .5% of non-smoking adolescents have tried vaping.
5. Banning the sale of e-cigarettes. – There are numerous clinical findings that prove e-cigarettes are way less harmful when compared to tobacco cigarettes. Vaping also has a very good track record in getting people to quit smoking. Why would you ban something that is less dangerous than cigarettes if this was truly a health issue?
Lesson learned. Let’s not get sidetracked by these anti-vaping articles. Enjoy your vape and be confident that you and I have made the right decision.