E-Cigarettes and the entire vaping industry have come under fire from pharmaceutical companies, tobacco companies, regulators and politicians across the board, all of whom would love to see strict regulations limiting the growth of vaping, if not a complete abolishment of the industry altogether.
In the past few years, we’ve seen an alarming increase in the amount of propaganda surrounding the safety and benefits of vaping in comparison to smoking. However, despite the ongoing assault on the industry and attempts to steer consumers away from vaping and back to smoking, the statistics keep rising in favour of vaping, and the naysayers seem to be fighting a losing battle.
Vaping Just as Bad as Smoking?
Of course, tobacco companies would love to have you believe that vaping is just as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes, but despite these outlandish claims, there has been no evidence to show that vaping is nearly as dangerous as combusting tobacco and inhaling the resulting smoke.
While there haven’t been any studies to show that vaping is as dangerous as or more dangerous than cigarettes, there have been studies showing that vaping releases only about 1% of the free radicals that smoking does. Furthermore, the American Heart Association (AHA) has taken the stance that vaping is in fact safer than smoking.
Regulators and Politicians Swayed By Big Tobacco
In the early days of vaping, the industry was widely attacked by regulators and politicians who insisted that e-cigarettes be taxed and regulated the same way conventional tobacco cigarettes are. Many tobacco companies lobbied with politicians to paint a negative portrait about vaping, but despite these efforts the industry saw enormous growth during the first decade of its existence.
We’re seeing an untold number of cigarette smokers ditching their smoking habits and opting for e-cigs instead, which obviously has to be upsetting for the tobacco companies whose profits have been affected. Because of this, it’s easy to see why so many regulators and politicians have been fighting to implement strict regulations and restrictions on the sale and use of e-cigs.
Tobacco Companies Joining the Vape Rush
For a long time, tobacco companies have been putting out ad campaigns and statements about how there is no evidence to show that vaping is safer than smoking, but in recent years it seems many tobacco companies are actually starting to take their own stake in the industry.
Many companies involved in the manufacturing of cigarettes have begun to capitalise on the growing vape industry by launching their own e-cig companies, which, if anything, seems to at least be a conflict of interest. Many tobacco companies have begun utilising their vast financial resources to acquire patents and launch their own lines of vaping products.
However, as more tobacco companies get involved we’re starting to see a rise in the number of legal challenges the industry is facing, suggesting that these mega corporations are purposefully trying to make it harder for the smaller vape companies to compete. This of course raises concerns for the many smaller outlets, e-cig manufacturers, and e-liquid producers out there, many of whom are mum and pop type shops that simply can’t afford to lose a large chunk of their revenue to taxes and operating fees.
FDA and Other Regulatory Bodies Getting Involved
The recent legislation implemented by the FDA isn’t as tough as some thought it would be, but it seems as though the most recent round of regulations will not be the last, and it could become more costly for e-cig companies to operate in the future if the taxes and regulations become even more burdensome.
Meanwhile, the vape industry topped $5 billion in revenue last year, and those numbers are expected to rise year after year as more smokers are ditching their habit in favour of e-cigs, with some experts estimating that it will be a $10 billion per year industry by 2017.
In addition to the FDA, the Centre for Disease Control and the European Parliament have also shown an initiative to begin investigating and cracking down on e-cig advertisements, which have been largely unhindered in comparison to the heavily regulated tobacco ads.
Propaganda Undeniably Present
While many of these efforts are well-founded and should be expected in an industry that deals with public health on such a widespread basis, there does seem to be a lot of propaganda surrounding the safety and sale of e-cigs and vaping products.
As such, it is advisable to do your own research on the matter, as there are plenty of ads and blog posts that could have you believing that vaping is absolutely as bad as or worse than smoking, which of course is an unfounded claim that is yet to be backed by any significant scientific studies.
In closing, consumers are urged to consider the parties involved in this relatively new industry, and to exercise caution and due diligence when following any advice or heeding any statements regarding the sale, use, and health implications of vaping in comparison to tobacco smoking.