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The War On Vapers – What’s Next, WMD?

The War On Vapers – What’s Next, WMD?
The War On Vapers – What’s Next, WMD?
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Fellow Vapers, I don’t know about you, but I’ve about had enough. Arguing with people who are against e-cigarettes is an argument you cannot win because facts don’t matter. The only thing that does matter is perception. Distorted, ill-informed, much-maligned perception by a certain subset of ‘nanny-state’ individuals who will not, under any circumstances, watch the past 30 years of the demonization of smoking go down in flames. They will fight to the bitter end and their perception of reality will never wane.

Over the past few weeks there has been a barrage of attacks in the media against e-cigarettes and e-liquids as those vehemently opposed to them have begun pushing harder than ever before. And it is having an effect I did not expect.

Consider: Our Administrator Dave Foster had a doctor’s appointment yesterday. Over the past year or so Dave and the Doctor would always discuss e-cigarettes during every appointment. The doctor’s own mother-in-law uses them, and he promotes the use of e-cigarettes for his patients that can’t quit smoking for one reason or another. He has been a big proponent of electronic cigarettes, until yesterday when that certainty that he thought he had was shaken.

The French consumer magazine, National Consumer Institute  published an article called “Do e-cigarettes cause cancer”, as reported by the website called “The Week”. This paragraph below was enough to shake the doctors confidence;

Using a new method of testing, researchers found that in three out of the ten e-cigs studied, the level of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, came close to the amount in conventional cigarettes. Furthermore, a highly toxic molecule called acrolein was detected “sometimes at levels even higher than in traditional cigarettes,” said Thomas Laurenceau, chief editor of the magazine.”

Dave’s doctor is a smart man, and he isn’t convinced in the slightest that this article is based in any truth, but it was enough to cause him to wonder about the safety of e-cigarettes more than he had before, which was roughly ‘never’. This is a sure sign that the zealots will do anything, and I mean anything, to kill off the e-cigarette phenomenon before its too late. Facts do not matter any more, not in the least.

Beating A Dead Horse

In the pages of Spinfuel eMagazine we have argued, over and over, that this war on e-cigarettes is multi-faceted and is being conducted by several groups, organizations, governments, and whoever has a stick up their butt about smoking. There are all sorts of reasons why these people do not want you and me to use e-cigarettes. We talk about it, and others talk about it, and the arguments go on and on and on, each taking turns telling us all where the truth lies. Aren’t you sick of it yet?

Whether some group doesn’t want the demonization of smoking to stop anytime soon, or some other group is desperately afraid that e-cigarettes are going to kill their children, or some government wants more tax revenue, or some organization wants to kill off the competition, none of it matters. What does matter, what’s most important, and what seems to be missing in all this nonsense is “freedom”.  Well, freedom’s been missing from a lot of things in the past decade or so, but it should still matter here. No one on the other side seems to give a damn about personal choice and personal responsibility. They have an agenda to push, and by God they will push that agenda come hell or high water.

Turning Up The Volume

I know, from experience, how many lives are being saved by e-cigarettes. I’ve seen people go from being winded at the slightest walk in the park to being able to run around the block after just 3 months of vaping.

I’ve seen pulmonary tests improve dramatically when someone stops smoking, starts vaping, and only 6 months goes by. I know people that have been ‘vaping’ for 5 years now, without a single detectable illness. You’ll never convince me e-cigarettes, when vaped with quality hardware and pure, contamination-free eLiquid is harmful. Well, not without an unbiased 5-year study that shows otherwise. But even then, it had best be conclusive and error free. I know the truth. You know the truth.

Changing the Argument

It is time for Spinfuel eMagazine to change the argument coming from these pages. No one who is against e-cigarettes, for whatever reason, is listening anyway. So, starting next week we’re going to take a different approach.

No more arguments, no more debate, no more anger and hostility. From now on, in addition to all our reviews about great (and not so great) vaping products, and insightful tutorials, as well as our Guide To Vaping, we are going to intersperse out content with stories from you, our readers. We may be preaching only to the choir, or maybe, just maybe, other may begin to listen, and think, and understand that e-cigarettes are the answer to our tobacco problem.

Beginning Monday, September 2nd, 2013, we’re going to pound the drum over and over and over with positive stories of how people’s lives have been changed for the better through e-cigarettes.

A Week and Then The Future

For 7 days, beginning Monday, we will publish 3 successful vaping stories each day. 21 stories in all will be told. Stories will be published that tell of people picking up e-cigarettes and throwing away tobacco.

Afterwards, we will follow up with 2 or 3 new stories every week for however long it takes until we finally win the freedom to have what we’ve every right to have, the unfettered use of e-cigarettes.

We will continue to tell the stories that our readers send us until such time as the FDA finally sends down its “deeming” regulations that will forever settle the argument about our freedom to vape. We’ll never get the zealots to stop complaining, it is their life’s work, but once the FDA informs the nation that we can rightfully vape, with any eLiquid we choose to use, then let the liars and the zealots scream all they want. We’ll just tune them out.

Danger

You would have to be a fool to think that e-cigarettes are anywhere near as deadly as tobacco cigarettes, yet there are fools that think just that. So, let them think whatever they want. You and I, we know better. We’ve seen it. We understand it. We are Vapers, and our right to vape Banana Pudding (Southern Style), Chai Tea Latte, Strawberry shortcake, or lime-flavored eLiquids should never be taken away.

Truth

There is a reason why e-cigarettes and e-Liquids should always remain legal, and the right to sell them online should never be hindered, and the reason is this; They are safe, and until you can prove otherwise that should be the only truth that matters

John Manzione
Publisher
Do you want to share YOUR story with the world? Then email us at admin at Spinfuel dot com. Tell us in 500 words or so, how vaping has improved your life and we’ll let the world know.
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About The Author

Team Spinfuel is a group of passionate vapers that bring you honest, in-depth reviews and commentary on products, services, and the legal and political ramifications on vaping and ecigarettes. Julia Hartely-Barnes, Tom McBride, Jason Little, Tony Brittan, Nick Bessette and Keira Hartley-Barnes make up the editorial team (video and written) , along with John Manzione, our Publisher, and talented contributors like Mark Benson. Email any of the writers at admin AT spinfuel.com, or just ask for their email address.

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11 Comments

  1. Kevin P

    John:

    Very, very happy you’ve taken the time to express your views on this entire ‘attack on e-cigs’ issue. Just last week, I watched a so-called ‘news’ segment in which they linked e-cigs to “drugs”, specifically mentioning liquified versions of pot. The directional implication, of course, is that e-cigs should be banned given that they’re “gateways to addiction”…or even worse, gateways to drugs. We (in civilized society) just can’t have that!!!

    I don’t mean to turn this into a political discussion, but I saw a funny (but sad) bumper sticker the other day that stated “Ignorance Breeds Obama”. I personally thought it was funny because I believe that’s a true statement…that our current president was elected twice largely because people generally are simply not paying attention. But it’s a sad statement too in the sense that it points to how a democracy can inadvertently work to kill off ‘the minority’, even when ‘the minority’ has a better mousetrap, largely because those in “the majority” are simply not paying attention.

    My point is this: Those of us who strongly agree with your vaping/e-cigs views, John, need to be disproportionately actively involved in combatting the misinformation out there if we wish to avoid getting steamrolled by the opposition. Your article is one way to do so. But, of course, you’re preaching to the converted. They have ‘people not paying attention’ on their side…but we have ‘truth’ on ours. Yet, it makes no difference if we don’t do anything with that ‘truth’.

    In my state (Connecticut), I immediately contacted my State Representative after hearing that’s my state’s Senate had proposed a bill (i.e., potential law) that would treat e-cig use exactly the same way as tobacco products. My State Representative acknowledged she had not heard of this bill, but promised to “check it out and get back to you”. To her immense credit, she did…and told me it had “died in the Senate”. But more importantly, she asked me more about what the issues were…and after I explained two key points further–’misinformation’ and the ‘freedom’ principle you refer to above–she promised to “stay on top of this” and even promised she would “vote against any such potential bans” should they make it to the House.

    NET: Your article is ‘right on’ and correct. But EVERYONE needs to put in some extra effort to avoid getting creamed by the ignorant. We need to all go out of our ways to fight for our vaping rights, or they most surely will be taken away by the more ignorant among us.

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    1. Staff

      Thank you Kevin, and you are right. I hope you read Jason’s review of Michael J McFadden’s book, TobakkoNacht – The Antismokers’ Endgame, because in it he has several ‘battle plans’ on how we can all fight the ignorance that is running rampant and unabated. Journalism is dead, it has been for a decade or more, and it is no longer the priority of the journalists to report the truth, they report their agenda, and twist and spin in order to do so. New Media, despite not being all that new anymore, is the only place the truth comes out anymore. But, it’s difficult to tell the truth sayers from the crazies or the zealots. I get angry, and I’m certainly no diplomat, but my anger goes far beyond e-cigarette bans and suffocating regulations, it about something much larger, our personal freedoms in every area of our lives. You did the exact right thing, and hopefully others will do the same, and often. Just how do you wake up a population that has been lulled to sleep by the nanny-state? – John Manzione – Publisher

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      1. Kevin P

        Yes, I read Jason’s review…plus I’ve read ‘TobakkoNacht! – The Story’, a significant excerpt of the full book, available on Amazon for only $2.99. PLUS, it makes me all warm inside when I read the ‘news story’ this AM that Katy Perry is being dumped on for “hyping Pepsi” since, after all, we have an obesity issue with children in the USA. Thank goodness we have all these people looking out for our welfare!

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  2. Mark L

    I really don’t think the opposition to e-cigs really has to do with e-cigs themselves. I’ve seem many comments about the vapor coming from e-cigs as “stench the same as cigarettes and laden with cancer-causing chemicals”. Yet these same people would never even think to mention campfires, fireplaces, grills, diesel trucks and cars, coal power plants, or construction crews/roofers with their trailers of steaming tar. This is only a fraction of things that have actually been proven to be far worse in many ways. The people who are against the e-cigs are basically living under the principle of ‘hate your neighbor as you hate yourself’. They’re just looking for something or someone else to hate, and it’s always all about ME. If we are are in need of any kind of new legislation, it should be to outlaw these people. They’re the biggest cause of all that is wrong with our planet.

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    1. Staff

      You know, Mark, I don’t think you’re wrong. There is definitely a new mindset in modern America, one of intolerance and spite. I’ve seen it growing for a number of years now. If anything inside this country brings us down as a nation it will be intolerance and hatred against those that do not think as ‘they’ want them to think, and a willingness to subjugate personal freedoms in exchange for ‘less stress’. Somehow, for some reason, the mindset of America, hell, all the First Worlders, suddenly believe it’s their duty to stop ‘others-not-like-them’ from doing things just because they don’t. It is an evil that was sparked somewhere around 1995-1996. And yes, I do believe that intolerance and spite are elements of ‘evil’. I don’t know if you are a member of our forum, but I would love to read what others say about this topic, and the forum is a great place to have that discussion. – Jason

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      1. Mark L

        It’s sad, really. I, along with a lot of other brave souls, have taken a very big positive step to rid ourselves of cigarettes. It’s the only thing that’s worked for me. For every vaper, there’s one less smoker – everybody wins. I just wish more people recognized that. BTW, I am registered for the forum. Just haven’t had time recently to visit. Keep up the good work guys.

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  3. Daniel Hargett

    I’m all about vaping, I love it and has saved me from having to deal with stinky cigs or disgusting snuff.

    I’ve got to say that your article reeks of one-sided thinking. If that study is so bad and misguided, why didn’t you explain WHY it’s wrong or bad? If you want credibility (and now is an important time to be getting that) You should provide solid reasoning for why the study shouldn’t cause people to think e cigs might be bad.

    You rail on people that don’t care about facts, but then you ignore the oppositions facts all in the same article! Then you decide to provide anecdotal evidence over facts.

    I still love spinfuel and vaping, but this article makes you look just as biased as the other side.

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    1. Daniel Hargett

      Oops sorry. Went to the source article and it doesn’t link to the research. That sort of illustrates the point of this article.

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  4. Colleen Peters

    Thank you for this article. There are too many people out there (people who would like to start vaping, vapers, and non-vapers)who do not have enough of the right information and therefore, make assumptions.

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    1. Barrie H

      I agree, education is needed but it’s good to see more people are trying it out. We also have a similar problem in the UK with the Government trying to regulate the industry.

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