Tobacco Used To Be Actively Promoted
Smoking Tobacco used to be a very popular activity, depending on how old you are you might be aware of this, because of course there has been a worldwide public health campaign to get people to stop smoking over the past 20 years. The success of this health push to get people to be more aware of the health outcomes for Tobacco smoking has been very successful, but it was not very long ago that medical doctors were employed by large Tobacco companies to advertise and promote smoking – think about this for a minute, qualified medical doctors actually telling people to smoke a particular brand of cigarette because they are ‘good for you’. Just like this one, which is an actual advert as seen on television and cinemas in 1950:
This advert is not unusual, and it was among many others featuring desirable occupations like ‘Aircraft Liner Pilots’, “Cowboy Ranchmen’, ‘Policemen’ and many others. Smoking was promoted, and encouraged at every level of society.
And of course the result was that smoking cigarettes was extremely common – in 1955 56.9% of males & 28.4% of females smoked cigarettes, reducing to 20.5% males & 15.3% females in 2013 – this is in America. Other western countries had a similar experience.
This reduction is a direct result of the intensive public education and anti-smoking message promoted by public health authorities. We are all now aware of the very real link between Tobacco smoking and diseases such as lung cancer, throat cancer, emphysema and heart disease, among many others. Of course not everyone who smokes Tobacco develops these illnesses, it is a matter of genetic and physical loading – some people are more susceptible than others to the harmful chemicals; we all know of people who live to a ripe old age who smoked also.
The eCig Is Born
But it is commonly understood that Tobacco is not very good for you, and lots of people want to quit-but it can be very hard once you get started smoking, it is a pleasant way to pass the time, and the flavor of Tobacco is also attractive to many who like to smoke. Me included. I have smoked since I was about 15. Nicotine addiction is a very real condition, the body craves its daily dosing.
In 2003 in Beijing China, a 52 year old pharmacist Hon Lik develops the means to produce a harmless (mostly) vapor from a mixture of vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol & liquid nicotine with some flavorings; he was seeking an alternative to his own cigarette habit, plus his father passed away as a result of developing lung cancer.
This early version of his personal vaporizer quickly caught on and developments of this ‘electronic cigarette’ gained momentum. The E-Cig was born. Now you would think that public health authorities would welcome this new alternative which offers Tobacco addicts a way to enjoy smoking that is definitely much less harmful to themselves and those around them. But no. all kinds of rumors began to circulate about the ‘hidden dangers’ & toxic nature of the eLiquids being used in these new devices.
Now it is fair to say that there have been some examples of unscrupulous manufacturers of eLiquid (the juice that is vaporized) putting out toxic products; these are very definitely in the minority. This tended to happen in the early days of eCig development when the market was less aware; these days the industry has matured quickly and the quality of both the devices and the eLiquids has vastly improved.
Dr Michael Mosely is a well known television medical journalist in the U.K and he produced a special study on eCigarettes – this short section is a crucial bit of that documentary which you can see in its entirety if you wish on YouTube, but this section reveals that eCigs are actually pretty damned good, and they offer Tobacco smokers a genuine alternative which can help them to stop smoking Tobacco, and even continue to enjoy the act of smoking without significant health dangers to themselves, or those around them who might passively inhale this vapor:
Public Health Opposition
So what is it about eCigs that public health authorities object to, when it is obvious that they are genuinely a good development? Well if you have been actively involved with getting people to stop smoking, and you have developed an entire narrative and attitude of anti-smoking and then people begin actually what looks like ‘smoking’ all over again you will naturally feel resentful! So it is because ‘Vaping’ looks so much like ‘smoking’ that the powerful public health officials and doctors object.
But this is ridiculous, vaping is not smoking and it is nobodies business if I like to vape; it has been proven time and again that there is no toxic result, and there is not even any nicotine in the exhaled vapor. So we need to examine this somewhat puritanical approach by the health authorities; Dr Michael Mosely’s documentary has helped to spread the word, and reinforce the health benefits of taking up vaping as an alternative to smoking Tobacco.
As a smoker myself I began looking at eCigarettes in 2009, I responded to one of those adverts you see in newspapers, online and in magazines where you send off a coupon for a free trial. The package arrived and I opened it up- you get 2 fully working look-a-like cigarette devices and a supply of cartridges containing eLiquid, I got the 12mg dose and I liked it! I could see this helping me to quit and I have been using eCigs ever since. My breathing has improved and my sense of taste is now back to normal; I am lucky in that smoking did not do much damage to me, but I’m grateful for eCigarettes and I promote them to all my friends who smoke.
I have moved on from these look-a-like models, but many people stick with them, they are convenient and give you the feel of smoking a cigarette when you finish eating your dinner, or for those relaxing moments with a newspaper on a Sunday morning after a cooked breakfast (I love bacon, egg & fried mushrooms!). So yes, eCigs helped me give away the Tobacco and I continue to enjoy the act of ‘Vaping’. Don’t be put off by all these alarmist propaganda posts you see on Facebook about ‘toxic dangers’ – mainly put out by people who do not know what they are talking about, or who have an interest in suppressing electronic cigarettes. Dr Michael Mosely is no shill, he has no interest in this industry other than as a medical doctor.