"“There’s so much we don’t yet know about e-cigarettes,”said Douglas Tipperman, M.S.W., a public health adviser at SAMHSA. “They arenot harmless. We don’t know the health impact at the individual or thepopulation level.”
This is the worst that SAMHSA can say about e-cigarettes intheir 2014 report, after all the research and data and surveys, they havenothing more than ridiculous statements and bad reasoning. They cannot showthat they are not a smoking cessation product, they really cannot back up anynegative statements about vaping because the scientific data is notthere.
The other bandwagon is whether vaping is a gateway to smokingfor youth. Many political sects are calling for regulations to keep the youngergeneration from vaping, using the argument that it will lead to smoking. Butthe research and statistics show the opposite. Youth who start with vaping arenot crossing over to smoking. Why?
The flavours are why e-cigarettes are not leading youth tosmoking traditional cigarettes. First time smokers usually cannot handle theharsh taste of tobacco, the reason most youth choose menthol because of thenumbing effect that lessens the harshness. So the youth that are vaping firstare going for the flavours, which there is a myriad to choose from. They enjoythe various flavours vaping offers and they are not switching to traditionalcigarettes because there are not the choices of flavours. They get used to thesweet and variety of flavours and do not want to smoke traditional cigarettes,they are too harsh.
So the cry for banning E-Liquid flavours could have a reverse effectof what they are looking for in regulating flavours and e-liquids. By takingaway the flavours this would cause youth to switch to traditional cigarettes,which actually do have scientific proof of being damaging to your health.
If opponents want to make accusations and the cry forregulations then they need to show some proof of those accusations that canback them up. If the most damaging that they can say is, "We know they arenot harmless", then they should do more research that has valid data andstatistics to prove their theories.
It seems that there is going to be a long time controversy aboute-cigarettes and vaping, whether or not it encourages young people to startvaping and possibly switch to traditional smoking. But for now the researchdoes not back up the claims that it is harmful or that young kids are usingvaping as a gateway to smoking traditional cigarettes.