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ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES...ANOTHER BAD IDEA!

December 21, 2016

The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the attitude or outlook of anyone else.  Anywhere.  Ever.

 

As you are no doubt aware, there have been millions of words written about E-cigarettes, both for and against.  The FDA has issued a 450+ page document, basically regulating the importation of the things, and trying to keep them out of the hands and mouths of children.

 

It is a nicotine delivery system, as you know.  You load the thing with liquid nicotine, which is heated when you puff on it, and it emits a water vapor that you can inhale and then blow out of your mouth or nose just like a real grown-up!  So, you can now satisfy your nicotine addiction without the tars and carcinogens contained in tobacco smoke.  It can be argued that it is a step in the right direction, and I suppose there is some truth to that, but there remains the problem of the nicotine addiction, not to mention the other, mostly unknown chemicals that you are drawing into your lungs.

 

Nicotine comes from plants related to the nightshade family, which contains some very poisonous members.  One of the early uses for nicotine was as an insecticide.  No one claims that nicotine is good for you, but there is a great deal of disagreement as to just how harmful it may be. 

 

The devices are being marketed as a smoking cessation tool, like nicotine gum and patches.  However, the fact that they replace the oral gratification of smoking and the manual manipulation as well as the nicotine may make them much harder to put down.  When filter cigarettes first came out, there were studies showing that smokers tended to inhale deeper and more frequently to satisfy their cravings.  The same phenomenon may well occur with the E-cigarettes.

 

Nicotine patches do not come in flavors.  The E-cigarettes do.  You can get them in tobacco or menthol, coffee or mint or orange or strawberry or vanilla or caramel.  Of course, they will not be marketed to anyone under the age of 18.  Of course not.

 

I have spent the past umpteen years trying to get people to quit smoking.  The variety of excuses, the justifications, the resistance to even trying to quit is astounding.  Given my history, I am quite obviously very sensitive about foreign substances being drawn into my lungs, as well as the lungs of others.  You and I will likely never agree about E-cigarettes, and that’s what makes a ball game.  Just please know that they are not good for you.

 

Uncle Jim

 

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