TobaccoFreeCA, an anti-tobacco government organization based in Sacramento, California U.S.A. posted the above photo on their Facebook page. Their response was:
Yes! The research and studies have all signs pointing to e-cigarettes being less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
Traditional cigarettes are burned, or are “combustible”. That means tar, carbon monoxide, and other chemicals associated with burning are inhaled. These are highly toxic to the body. There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous. (http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/about-smoking/facts-figures/whats-in-a-cigarette.html). We have never seen traditional cigarettes produce a positive health effect on our bodies, which is why traditional cigarettes are the #1 cause of preventable death in the US and quitting is the quickest path to achieving optimal health (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/).
Switching completely from traditional cigarettes to only e-cigarettes, a person will inhale fewer toxic chemicals to get the same dose of nicotine. And we think that’s a really good thing! Many of you have commented how much better you feel already from switching from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes. Of course you do – you’re not inhaling 7,000 chemicals in your body!
All of this is good news. And to many of you, it’s old news. Those in the cessation treatment profession would agree, quitting traditional tobacco is a process. It is a personal journey that people pursue differently and use different quitting methods. (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/withdrawal-fact-sheet).
Sounds like a complete 360 on their statement a few months ago promising to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and vape products throughout California, right?
Not quite. Before you go pumping your fists in the air, TobaccoFreeCA ends their post with a disclaimer:
So yes, studies suggest e-cigarettes are less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but that doesn’t make them “safe”.
What gives TobaccoFreeCA? It’s posts like this that confuse me and causes division among anti-tobacco groups. We Vapers are also anti-tobacco, heck most of us know first hand what it feels like to be addicted to smoking (I’m not sure about TobaccoFreeCA, since it’s a “government organization,” there is a great possibility of a political agenda behind the campaigns being brought by these types of groups).
Just think if we all united, we could END Big Tobacco in 2015! Do you know what that means? But no, TobaccoFreeCA wants to nit pick at vaping instead of looking at the bigger picture.
So no, I cannot support TobaccoFreeCA until they fully admit that e-cigarettes are SAFER than traditional cigarettes, and more importantly, until they remove these rediculous anti-vaping propaganda commercials on TV such as the one below entitled “Kids Aren’t Alright”
By the way, this video as of April 1st, 2015 has 82 likes and 1,002 dislikes (mine included).
Good job TobaccoFreeCA!