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E-Cigs and Vaping

More than you wanted to know about e-cigs, vape pens, hookah pens, robot appendages.

Look, vaping is almost definitely less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes.  But it’s not totally harmless…and nicotine is still addictive.

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Most science—good science, at least—takes some time. And time isn’t on our side yet with e-cigs/vape pens/hookah pens/robot appendages. Whatever you want to call them. They’re still pretty new. Traditional cigarettes/tobacco products have been around since before our great-great grandparents could legally drive a horse and buggy, and we’ve had great research available on traditional cigarettes and tobacco products for decades. We know they’re 100% deadly and terrible.

There’s some encouraging research out there that shows vaping is less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes and contains fewer dangerous toxins than regular cigarettes, and so we’re optimistic. Other early research found some have possible carcinogens and toxic chemicals in the vapor.

I already smoke regular cigarettes...

And?! AND??? Are you planning to use ecigs/vape pens/hookah pens/whatever-you-call-them to quit smoking regular cigarettes? Are you smoking both? We have questions.

Look, if you’re trying to quit smoking regular cigarettes, we’ve heard mixed things about using ecigs to quit but we’re hopeful. They’ve helped some people, and we like things that help people.

If you’re smoking both regular cigarettes and vape pens, switch to the vape pens/ecigs/hookah pens because they’re less terrible for you. Using both is a bad strategy—the research says so. So pick vaping. We can’t say it’s safe, but if you switch over completely it’s less harmful than the traditional cancer sticks you light with fire and inhale. Seriously.

It’s strawberry-flavored, brah. Strawberries never hurt anyone.

Look, if you’re in your early-to-mid 40s and you’re reading this and you’re like, “YOU CAN PRY MY TUTTI FRUTTI VAPE JUICE OUT OF MY COLD, DEAD HANDS, TRUTH” then we should really have a talk about your choice of intimidation tactics. And, yes, we know some adults who vape like flavored products. We know this not just from people yelling at us on the internet (and in person), but because the CEO of a top e-cig brand said flavored products were “essential to vapers’ satisfaction.” Of course, that was ten months--TEN. MONTHS.--after the same CEO said other e-cig manufacturers used flavorings “to attract children.” Funny how that happens, amirite?

Tobacco products and e-cigs/vape pens/hookah pens/robot appendages are all just different nicotine delivery devices. Cigarettes are the deadliest. Ecigs/vape pens/hookah pens/robot appendages are newest. And nicotine is still addictive, even when it’s wrapped in a potentially delicious-sounding package.

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