Okay let's have some reality here.
I quit smoking with an e-cig when I was diagnosed with tongue cancer exactly 10 months ago today.
That sounds like people trying to get people used to puffing on those so they'll switch to the ones with nicotine.
Seriously?? NO ONE who is a vaping ex-smoker wants anyone to "get used to" puffing on anything. Let alone to get them addicted to nicotine. That's beyond preposterous and borders on propaganda.
I was tempted when I quit but I'd rather not inhale propylene glycol and whatever other chemicals the manufacturers decide to add to the unregulated product.
If you have been around a smoke machine, used a medical inhaler or nicotrol inhaler, brushed your teeth, eaten a twinkie, or drank a beer, you've already been exposed to propylene glycol. It's approved by the FDA for human consumption and is GRAS (generally recognized as safe). As are all the other ingredients in e-liquid. There are four ingredients: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, food grade flavorings and pharma grade nicotine. There are far more "chemicals" in the FDA approved nicotine inhaler than there are in e-liquid.
I have vaped for 10 months. Both my regular doc and my oral surgeon are very happy with it and have nothing negative to say. My regular doc says my lungs sound great, like a non-smoker.
I work in a vape shop part time, we make all our own liquids. I do not sell to anyone under 18, even though there's no law against it. We sell lots of zero nicotine liquid to people who don't want nic- they either never smoked or they have weaned down to zero. Every now and then we get a person who's never smoked who comes in and is curious about it. From everything I've researched and learned, vaping is not bad for you, although not vaping is probably better just on principle.
But all this freaking out about chemicals and second-hand vapor and "well, it looks like smoking so it must be bad" is just absurd. Vaping is saving lives- mine included- every single day. I am so happy when a smoker comes in an leaves with a starter kit and I've helped them on their way to quitting cigs.
I'm proud of that, and I don't think e-cigs should be overly regulated or taxed. Doing so will prevent a lot of people from quitting the real bad stuff.
[This message edited by Eranda at 9:17 PM, March 6th (Thursday)]