Truth about vaping

The site is probably the best place to direct your friends and family members who do not vape.  There is a lot of misinformation out there right now about our industry.  Many people don’t know how to explain their e-cigs to their friends…this site can definitely help!  The videos below are a great resource:

Most of you have probably seen or heard about the campaign that’s been launched in California, and you may be asking yourself, “Why is the California Department of Public Health so against vaping when year after year more smokers are turning to e-cigs as a less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes? Isn’t their number one priority preserving public health? Isn’t that their job?” Problem number one, the more money Big Tobacco makes, the more money California gets. In 1998 a deal was struck between the biggest Big Tobacco companies and 46 U.S. states called the Master Settlement Agreement or MSA.

This agreement said that these Big Tobacco companies would make yearly payments to the states in exchange for the states dropping lawsuits against them regarding smoking-related deaths and expenses. The amount of money Big Tobacco pays the states each year is directly dependent on how much they sell. Problem number two, the states spent that money before they got it. Most of the states wanted all that money upfront instead of waiting for payments from Big Tobacco each year. So they sold bonds to Wall Street based on the amount they calculated Big Tobacco would be paying them. But then something started happening.

Americans started smoking less. Since 2000 on average tobacco cigarette sales have dropped 3.4% per year. That sounds amazing, but not for the states like California. Remember those bonds they sold? They were counting on money from Big Tobacco, and since it’s not coming they can’t pay back the bonds they sold and either have to take money from other places or risk defaulting. New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia have already announced they have to take money from their reserves due to insufficient funds from the tobacco money, and with the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, the smoking rate is declining even faster.

California and New York are being affected the most because they have the highest populations and are owed the most money by Big Tobacco under this agreement. In 2013 cigarette shipments saw their biggest decline since 2009 and many financial analysts say the cause of that severe decline is e-cigarettes. In 2012 Americans bought over 14 billion packs of tobacco cigarettes and 200,000 packs of e-cigarettes. The following year sales of tobacco cigarettes decreased by one billion and sales of e-cigarettes doubled. Wells Fargo estimates tobacco cigarette sales will decline by 68% over the next 10 years and e-cigarette sales will increase more than 13 times.

So naturally California is panicking. The way they see it, e-cigarettes are taking money away from them regardless of the fact that people are getting off tobacco cigarettes. So it’s now California’s mission to either, A, ban e-cigarettes completely and get people back on tobacco cigarettes so the money starts rolling in again, or B, classify e-cigarettes as a tobacco product so they can tax them like they do tobacco cigarettes higher than normal sales tax and roll them into the MSA agreement so they, too, have to pay the states.

One of their key arguments is that if e-cigarettes fall under the MSA and also have to make payments to the states, that money gives these states a powerful tool to stop e-cigarette makers from targeting youth. No wonder one of’s biggest and most unfounded talking points is that e-cigarettes are marketed to children and never mind that only 14.6% of the funds the states receive from Big Tobacco actually go toward costs associated with smoking or smoking prevention. So the truth? The state of California needs tobacco sales to stay high otherwise they default on their bonds. E-cigarettes are getting in the way of that. It looks like the health of the public isn’t the top priority for the Department of Public Health. Their top priority? Their wallet.

Since the dawn of anti-smoking campaigns, we have been told that nicotine is the ultimate enemy, a chemical as addictive as heroin. This is the basis of many anti-vaping campaigns and the reasoning behind classifying electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product. But if nicotine is really so dangerous, why are nicotine replacement therapies, like gums and patches, available at virtually every drug store, sometimes right next to the candy and magazines with no prescription necessary.

Is it possible that everything we think we know about nicotine is a lie? The Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study of 787 smokers who had recently quit, and found that over the long-term nicotine patches and gums were no more helpful to smokers than quitting cold turkey. If nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals on the planet, why couldn’t these people quit by simply getting their nicotine from somewhere else? Maybe, because nicotine by itself isn’t what creates the addiction.

Scientists have always looked at nicotine addiction in the context of it being in tobacco cigarettes. The latest research, however, is beginning to show that nicotine by itself may not be very addictive. Two independent studies, one at the University of California-Irvine and one in France, both discovered that getting animals addicted to nicotine alone is actually quite difficult unless the nicotine is mixed with other chemicals found in cigarettes. The combination of nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco cigarette smoke are likely to be what creates the intense addiction. Nicotine alone isn’t enough.

So if it’s not nicotine, then what is it? We know that cigarette smoke generates over 7,000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous and cause cancer. What you may not know is that some of the ingredients also contain MAOIs, chemicals used in some anti-depressants. MAOIs in cigarettes cause what is oftentimes referred to as the smoker’s high, an increase in serotonin which causes a rush of good feelings and helps stabilize your mood. Very similar to the effect many illegal and addictive drugs have on the brain.

Now, this is when the heroin comparison starts to make sense. So nicotine may not be very addictive by itself, but it can still kill you, right? Highly concentrated nicotine is toxic; however, the amount found in store bought e-liquids is extremely diluted. Most household cleaners contain ingredients that when in their pure form are toxic as well. Additionally, medications approved by the FDA which are used by millions of people are also toxic if taken higher than the prescribed dosage. E-liquid and nicotine usage follow the same standards. Anti-vaping campaigns have often suggested that calls to poison control centers have increased significantly as of late due to nicotine’s toxic nature. But they fail to tell you how incredibly small those numbers are compared to calls received about normal household items.

Currently, studies are being conducted on the therapeutic effects of nicotine on neurological diseases, like Parkinson’s, the early stages of Alzheimer’s, ADHD, and schizophrenia. And once again, flying in the face of everything we thought we knew about nicotine, these researchers have not reported signs of nicotine addiction in their patients and results appear promising in the early stages. We’ve heard evidence that nicotine itself may not be overtly addictive, and this theory is supported by the evidence that many electronic cigarette users reduce or completely eliminate their nicotine levels over time.

Without the chemicals present in tobacco cigarette smoke, the nicotine addiction created by the cocktail of ingredients in tobacco smoke, is less intense and, therefore, easier to reduce with vaping.

Many e-cig users were previously unable to quit smoking with nicotine patches or gums, but experience more success with vaping because it closely mimics the habitual and emotional sensations of smoking. And because it’s a faster method of nicotine delivery than gums or patches, a key factor in their success rate according to researchers. Nicotine is the primary ingredient of focus in electronic cigarettes by politicians and anti-vaping campaigns, and their argument is that nicotine is dangerous and therefore must be regulated as a tobacco product. However, we’ve seen evidence that nicotine alone is likely not the primary cause of tobacco addiction and may actually be able to help treat many neurological diseases.

Where then is the basis for putting it in the same category as dangerous and toxic tobacco cigarettes? That’s a question you may want to ask your legislators.