National treasure John Stossel and his mustache weigh in on vaping. Excerpt:
“Your kids are not an experiment! Protect them from e-cigarettes,” warns former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy in a CDC PSA.
My former employer, ABC News, which never finds a risk it doesn’t hype, has run more than a dozen scare stores on vaping. A “Nightline” reporter warned about kids “addicted to nicotine before they even graduate from middle school!”
Yet compared to regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes are “extraordinarily less harmful,” says Michelle Minton of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. In my new newest video she says, “We should really be encouraging people to use vaping.”
Calling vaping safer than smoking doesn’t mean the risks are zero. Vapor contains harmful chemicals, too. But scientists say it’s far less harmful than smoking. If smokers switched to e-cigarettes, that would save millions of lives.
Nicotine is what makes both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes addictive. But nicotine itself isn’t that bad. Like caffeine, it’s a stimulant.
“On the spectrum of drugs that you can become addicted to,” says Minton, “nicotine and caffeine are very similar.”
The big health risks come from the 7,000 other chemicals generated by burning tobacco leaves.
By contrast, e-cigarette smoke is mostly just flavored vapor, which is less likely to harm anyone.
It doesn’t even smell as bad as cigarettes. “Somebody who’s vaping a huge cloud of Vanilla Cherry Blast, or whatever they’re vaping, is way more pleasant than standing next to somebody exhaling smoke from a combustible cigarette,” observed Minton.
Here’s a question for all of you True Believers; here is the United States Constitution. Show me in there where the Imperial government has the power to rule over tobacco or other, similar substances.
Couldn’t find it? Me either. Anyway…
Its interesting to see how many of our supposed betters feel the compelling need to nanny other folks. As a casual smoker myself (2-3 cigars a week) I can say honestly that my cigars are a choice I make, knowing the risks, and enjoying a fine smoke in moderation is something I will continue to do.
But the anti-vaping RHEEEE is something I find baffling. It seems to me that vaping is a valuable tool for helping long-term smokers wean themselves off cigarettes; I would have thought government would want to encourage that. As for teenagers, would you rather a booming black market grow around vaping – or tobacco? Because that’s what would happen.
Trust me on this. When I was in high school in the Seventies, marijuana was very illegal, especially for teens, and yet, nobody had any trouble getting a dime bag if they wanted one.
Maybe someday the nanny-staters will learn.