Learning the Smoke Screen behind Smoking ECigs

To some, replacing a habit with a new one is not exactly an improvement. In some cases, that could turn for the worse. Kicking an addictive habit with something that is equally addictive can be sort of awkward at the very least. That is, as long as there is some catch and a good reason to switch to something else.

This is the story behind the smoke screen that is being peddled as more and more smokers are now getting into the bandwagon created by the rise of electronic cigarettes. More smokers are now experimenting with e-cigarettes and they have been successful at times. Now, some employees are no longer getting into the rigors of having to smoke at designated places. They can do their thing right in front of their desks. They claim they are not smoking, but vaping. This, however, has been causing some people to be a bit nervous as we all know, we know nothing much about vapes.

The possibility that electronic cigarettes are just screening the health problems are some of the hazy and unanswered questions that have been left hanging for quite some time.

More and more workplaces have been adept in changing their smoking policies. Some are no longer allowing vaping in front of desks. They have this mentality left over from the days of tobacco and fear that electronic cigarettes are at par or worse than tobacco. This mentality has discounted the facts that are surrounding the nature of vapes. We may not know much about these new devices, but quite frankly we should not be ignorant.

There are more and more jurisdiction that have been banning the devices. The incessant lobby of anti-vaping groups have paid handsome dividends. Now, there are less places where vaping can be done, which is a far departure from the times of old where practically vapers can get their nicotine anywhere they please.

And this has been a dampener. Instead of making vapes more pervasive as a means of tobacco control there is a drive to prevent the rise of vapes from happening. It seems that the minds of the people behind tobacco control are in reverse. They are thinking backward and not forward, which can be a harmful thing.

Things are getting worse for vapers. Chicago and New York are feeding other cities crazy ideas on how to stop vaping. Companies have now new policies that have included vapes in their smoking bans. Starbucks do not allow vaping 25 feet away from its stores. CVS do not allow vaping in corporate campuses as they have a zero-tolerance policy on anything that involves nicotine. Mc Donald’s stores may allow vaping, but the corporate headquarters and sites owned by the main company disallows smoking and vaping.

The rapid rise of electronic cigarettes caused some people to accelerate their move to have these devices banned. The FDA says that electronic cigarettes are better than tobacco. The World Health Organization think so too. But, the lack of scientific evidence on the long-term health impact remains a mystery. Applying the precautionary principle, some folks are calling for a momentary ban or a provisional approval of vapes and confined in certain places. This is enforced, of course, until the smoke clears on the pressing issues and questions about the true nature of vapes.

At best the available data are mixed. Some studies say that vapes are good, some say they are not. Some say the devices can help smokers quit, while other data say they are unable to do so. The mixed bag of results only makes the whole situation, at best described to be, confusing. And it is also confusing the smokers because they are able to buy the products almost anywhere. This availability provides a sense of understanding that they are safe. But, in reality we are far from sure.

Some say electronic cigarettes are just an avenue for people that smoked before to be back into smoking. What it is not considered is the fact that electronic cigarettes do not have the same characteristics and kick that ordinary cigarettes have. It is a way to quit because it is no different from the nicotine patches and gums that are allowed to be smoking-cessation tools. They are just better because they are able to address one central thing about the addiction, which is the experience of smoking without getting much of the chemicals that can make smoking deadly.