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Reconsidering Electronic Cigarettes: A Story

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, my husband redoubled his efforts to quit smoking. His smoking had always been a point of contention in our marriage. I wanted him to quit. He wanted to quit too. But he also didn’t. He tried to explain to me that he hated smoking but he also loved it.

But with a baby on the way he knew he had to do whatever it took.

He smoked his first cigarette in second grade. His first quit attempt was in sixth grade. I can’t tell you how many quit attempts he made during our marriage. A lot, that’s for sure. But he was determined to make it work this time.

The last quit attempt he made was half way through my pregnancy. It was a rough one. He made it four days, past that magic point where the physical withdrawal is supposed to stop. We were both pretty devastated when he started smoking again.

That’s when he told me he wanted to try electronic cigarettes. “Well, that’s dumb”, I thought. “Why doesn’t he just quit?”

Looking back, I’m embarrassed that I thought that. I knew it wasn’t that simple. I was there when he would wake up sobbing in the middle of the night from cigarette withdrawals.

He didn’t think he could give up tobacco. But he didn’t want to keep smoking cigarettes all day either. He had hatched a plan that involved using electronic cigarettes during the day and smoking cigars or pipe tobacco at night or on the weekends. He thought maybe if he had some real tobacco to look forward to he could tolerate the ecig.

I was annoyed. It sounded like a way for him to get around actually quitting. Plus, I was skeptical about how safe electronic cigarettes even were. It seemed likely that they were full of weird chemicals.

So he bought an electronic cigarette from a gas station and I started doing research. I’m a researcher by nature. I like to get to the bottom of things.

Every time he puffed on that little electronic cigarette I had to hold back laughter. It was ridiculous looking. The fact that it tried to imitate a cigarette just made it worse. It cost $10. Smokes were around $5 a pack so I calculated that he would have to use it two days for us to break even. I didn’t think he could go that long though.

Then it stopped working. Turns out the battery just doesn’t last very long. So he bought another one. $20 in two days. This was proving to be more expensive.

But he was optimistic that it could work. It wasn’t really satisfying his cravings, but they were manageable. All I knew is that for two days I didn’t have to deal with the smell that always lingered. The one he swore I was making up. If for nothing else, that was worth it.

So we both researched. He researched what type of electronic cigarettes to buy – surely there was something that would last longer than a day – and I researched the safety.

It was hard to find quality safety information. There were tons and tons of testimonials, but we all know that anecdotes aren’t science. I wasn’t going to go by stories on a message board.

I found some promising studies, but they were small and not enough to be definitive. Then I found the press release from the FDA. I was right all along. There were harmful chemicals in electronic cigarettes.

But like I said, I’m a researcher. Obviously I wasn’t going to just look at the press release. I wanted to see the actual study. It turns out that the FDA wasn’t being entirely honest. Were there harmful chemicals in the electronic cigarette cartridges they tested? Yes. But at trace levels. Not even levels they themselves considered harmful.

Wait? Did the FDA purposely mislead the public about electronic cigarettes?

I didn’t have enough information to be sure they were safe, but I was pretty sure they couldn’t be worse than smoking. Even if he wasn’t going to see a health benefit, at least I wouldn’t have to deal with the nasty third hand smoke anymore.

His research had been more fruitful. He decided he need a refillable device with a better battery. After much searching he found a local vape shop. One of two in our city at the time.

The day he walked into that shop was the first day of a crazy new chapter of our lives. The two women who ran the shop not only got him set up with a personal vaporizer and several flavors of e-liquid but they hired him to design their website.

That night he told me that people called using electronic cigarettes “vaping” and we both laughed at how ridiculous it sounded. He also told me that after vaping blueberry cinnamon crumble he didn’t think he could ever go back to cigarettes. He was right.

While he was designing the website he spent a considerable amount of time in the vape shop. Despite having no web presence and virtually no advertising, they were always busy. Most customers had been referred by a friend that had stopped smoking.

I was in awe of the stories he brought home. It was weird to hear about so many people actually being successful at giving up cigarettes. In fact, the three owners were all former smokers themselves.

So I did more research. And the more research I did the more positive data I found. Because it wasn’t coming from official sources it was harder to track down, but it was out there.

I was becoming a believer. I asked my husband if he was still planning on smoking cigars and pipes. He laughed. There was no way he was going to inhale burning tobacco when he could vape Van Appplewood. He had regained his sense of taste and he was going to use it.

By this time he had decided to give up graphic design to work with the women I called his “vape ladies.” He told me that more than anything in his life before, he felt like he could really tangibly help people everyday working there. Plus, he loved vaping. It really resonated with the techy in him.

That’s when I started to spend some time in the store. I had seen the health improvements in my husband, but what I saw there changed me.

All of the stories. All of the real people. All of the ways they had tried and tried to get free of cigarettes. The way customers standing in line would encourage a nervous newbie buying a starter kit. “You can do it,” they would say. “If I can lay down cigarettes anyone can.”

I’ll never forget the day this older couple came in to buy e-liquid. They had both been smoking for forty years before they had gotten a starter kit nine weeks before. The wife had COPD and they were desperate. We all cried when they told us that not only had they both been cigarette free for nine weeks but her doctor had just taken her off of her breathing treatments.

There were a lot of stories like that.

I don’t know what got to me more. The old customers or the young ones. Seeing someone break free from a 30 year habit is awesome. But when you see a 20 year old make the switch there is a sense of joy thinking of the lifetime of smoking they are avoiding.

I remember standing in the office with the owners on the day we found out that our state wasn’t in the top ten for smoking for the fist year ever. We all cried that day too.

In fact, cigarette sales were starting to fall. And pretty significantly. We knew tobacco companies were scared when they started buying electronic cigarette companies. They were losing customers and wanted them back.

Of course, their little ‘cigalikes’ couldn’t compete with actual personal vaporizers. The vaping ladies weren’t nervous. Big Tobacco wasn’t going to get those customers back.

I just could not believe what we were seeing. Would I be explaining to my son one day what smoking was? Would I tell him I was there for the beginning of the end of an epidemic?

Surely public health officials would be thrilled. And politicians. I knew we had to let them know what was happening.

A consumer led industry of small businesses owned by former smokers was threatening the grip of cigarettes on our state and our nation.

I was in for a surprise. “Thrilled” is not what I found. It turns out that public health people didn’t want to hear from those of us witnessing this miracle. They were actually against vapor products. But maybe they just need more information, I thought.

Two years later my trust in public health has evaporated. I am so dismayed at the misinformation released from trusted organizations. I can’t believe the amount of evidence they are willing to ignore and the ease at which negative hypotheticals are accepted as fact. It turns out the FDA wasn’t alone in trying to villianize electronic cigarettes.

It is hard to have seen what I have seen, to talk to the real people I have talked to, and then hear what is being said by those that are supposed to protect our health.

Vapor products are a scheme from tobacco companies to addict youth? Don’t they already have cigarettes for that? The purpose of electronic cigarettes is to cleverly skirt smoking bans? Wait, the only reason they aren’t all tobacco flavored is to hook kids on nicotine? What?

No wonder vapers are such a cynical bunch. After years of being social pariahs as smokers, they finally give up smoking only to be told they didn’t do it the right way. It’s not really quitting. Their vaporizers look stupid and are annoying. They are just an anecdote and there’s no evidence anyone is giving up cigarettes. All of the people who had been pressuring them to quit smoking still weren’t happy.

I found out that when you are dealing with an issue like tobacco, the line between health and welfare and money and politics gets blurred pretty quickly. Tobacco companies and pharmaceutical companies both sell expensive products that are feeling very threatened. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

I’ve learned a lot about the history of tobacco control through this.

I’ve learned about the bloody war between the tobacco giants and the tobacco control movement. I found out that tobacco companies have been caught in some really big lies like “safer cigarettes” and public health officials are on guard. Fool me once…

My trust in the intentions of most public health leaders isn’t gone. A lot of vapers think I’m naive, overly optimistic. But I know that it’s easy to assume the worst about “them.” Whoever “them” is.

Public health leaders think those sweet ladies who have helped thousands of people quit smoking are offering cotton candy e-liquid in an attempt to ensnare kids and not because they like to vape it themselves. Vapers think public health leaders don’t care if people die from smoking as long as the funding from the master settlement agreement and pharma keeps rolling in.

I think that when you spend your life fighting smoking it’s just really hard to accept something that looks like smoking. And, I suspect, it may be difficult to imagine a consumer product reducing smoking faster than all of your long and hard work. I think anyone would struggle with that.

I am now an advocate for vapor products. I am an advocate because I believe with all of my heart that vapor products can obsolete cigarettes if given a chance. I am an advocate because there are so many people lying about this that someone needs to tell the truth. I am an advocate because each time I read an article full of unfounded e-cigarette fear mongering I think about the people that will decide to just keep smoking because of it. I am an advocate because I want my son to grow up in a world where nicotine addiction doesn’t have to equal a lifetime of smoking.

I am an advocate for electronic cigarettes for the 42 million Americans that still smoke. And I will do everything in my power to ensure that they have access to the products that I have seen change so many lives.

That is my story.

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*Note: My husband is still a happy vaper. Even in times of high stress (like worrying that the FDA is going to follow through with shutting down your business and giving your industry to BT) he doesn’t consider going back to cigarettes because he enjoys vaping. I am not a vaper and I’ve never smoked.

Allison Taylor

Allison is an advocate for electronic cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction (THR).

38 thoughts on “Reconsidering Electronic Cigarettes: A Story

  1. Your writing sums up every experience I’ve ever tried to put into words. Thank you.

    Now if only we could get those who make our decisions for us to head down to their local vape shop and see the results first hand before they make their decisions, we might see a miracle happen.

  2. Thanks for writing this. There are too many vapers now and the tax shortfalls are not going unnoticed. The efforts to stop vaping has nothing to do with public health. Its all about the money.

  3. Unless a hell of a lot more people who love vaping make their voices heard at the FDA regulations website there will be nor more vaping. Well, that’s not entirely true. There will still be the look-a-like e-cigs made by tobacco companies and found at gas stations and convenience stores. But the look-a-like e-cigs don’t work for most smokers.

    The FDA regulations will force all small and medium sized family run businesses to shut their doors due to the cost burden for FDA approval. Only cigarette companies have enough money to get FDA approval. The FDA commenting period ends this Friday, August 8th.

    To understand more about what the FDA regulations mean to smokers who quit by using e-cigs, please read this news article:
    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/214098-independent-e-cigarette-industry-is-antidote-to-big-tobacco#ixzz39WLsaEeQ

    The website for comments to the FDA is here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-20870h
    They need to hear how you stopped smoking with e-cigs.

  4. Found this entry on a ecig advocacy post on Facebook, and yes, I”m one of the miracles. Started ecigs on my birthday (July 10) and found myself laying aside the tobacco cigs 7 days later. I have not have a cigarette since. Prior to that, I smoked 2 1/2 packs a day, for over thirty years, and I didn’t even TRY to quit. Just one day, I decided after I lit a cigarette up and let it burn out 1/4 of the way out with vaping, it was like, “Ok, if I’m liking this so much better, then why am I bothering with it?”. I decided the next day to just see if I could get through without a tobacco cigarette, just vaping, and carrying the tobacco cigs, “just in case”. I didn’t need one, and it’s been over a week now. I had, like your husband, tried all kinds of stuff. Hypnosis. Subliminal CD’s. Chantix and Zyban medications, and of course, Nicotine gum and patches. NONE of it worked, save ecigs. I just sincerely hope the FDA doesn’t take them away. It’s frustrating to find something that finally works……and then the powers that be won’t listen that it does and want to treat it as the same as the poison it helps combat.

  5. Thank you for this wonderful article, Allison. My husband smoked up to 2 packs per day and my brother-in-law (lives next door) smoked a pack per day. My asthma was progressively getting worse and when the two of them switched to vaping about 3.5 years ago, my health benefited in addition to theirs. Now, my husband notices right away when someone walks past our backyard smoking, and he gets up to shut the window. It used to be me, crawling to shut the window in the midst of an asthma attack. Vaping has also saved a ton of money every month, because once you buy the hardware, the juice isn’t as expensive as a pack of cigarettes.

  6. I was right there with you apart from this bit:

    “at least I wouldn’t have to deal with the nasty third hand smoke anymore”

    You talk a lot about research. Please research that too because the concept of third hand smoke being in any way harmful is the very lowest low of junk science. If you accept that you may as well accept the rubbish they throw at e-cigs.

    1. Dick,

      I considered not using the term “third hand smoke” but decided to leave it for two reasons. 1) At the time I had not read any research about third hand smoke, someone had mentioned hearing about it on the radio and I didn’t question it. 2) While my views on whether ‘third hand smoke’ is harmful have changed with research, my views on whether it exists have not. There is an undeniable lingering smell/residue from cigarette smoke. It was a very real part of my life and a very real concern with a baby on the way. My husband never really believed how strong it was because he couldn’t smell it, and I just really didn’t want my fresh baby to smell like stale smoke after my husband held him.

  7. My wife and myself are that “older couple” right down to the COPD and this article really tells it like it is. The amazing transformation from my wife not rasping while she sleeps being able to walk more than a few feet and all the other positive effects of non smoking shocks even her doctor.

    This is all about money and nothing about health. Why else would people oppose something that hasn’t been deemed harmful but the opposite.

    I will/do encourage anyone that smokes to at least get informed and try the ejuice with nicotine and an ecig. I look at it like an Alternative Nicotine Delivery System (ANDS) if that sounds better.

    You can always go back to the killer stinky’s.

  8. Great article Allison. I switched to vaping two years ago. My intention was only to get around the work smoking ban and smoke at home, but after a couple of months I’d given up smoking. I smoke on holiday as a reminder of old times, but have no trouble switching back to vaping when the plane lands.

  9. Excellent story! Thank you very much for writing and for sharing this!

    Especially coming from a non-smoker and non-vaper. From a person who read all the fearmongering and lies – but who decided to dig deeper, to get the real facts. Who saw with her own eyes what a transition from smoking to vaping can do. And who is just as horrified at the lies, the fearmongering, the never ending nonsense being spouted by so-called “public health” so-called “experts” who all want to protect their own income from the smoking gravy train – instead of giving even one thought to the health of human beings.

    I am 53 years old and smoked tobacco for 35 years. I like smoking, I had no intention of “quitting smoking”.
    Then, I bought an e-cigarette to cut down on smoking *too much” in the evenings, because smoking too much in the evenings was not doing me good. Well, I started up my 1st e-cigarette on 4 Nov 2011, thought “wow! This rocks!!!” – and I made the transition to vaping immediately, effortlessly and with great pleasure. I have not smoked tobacco since, and I have no desire to do so.

    I am just as horrified as you are at the desperate efforts of so-called “public health” so-called “experts to ban / prohibit / destroy my healthier choice. In order to protect their own pocketbooks. Because they make money from people smoking tobacco.

    As to “public health” “experts” I agree completely with Clive Bates above.
    But then, I am from Europe, just like Clive Bates. And we have seen the unelected bureaucrats of the European Union engage in trickery behind closed doors to force into being their new Tobacco Products Directive which is aimed at protecting the tobacco cigarette while castrating its biggest competition, the electronic cigarette.

    I really wish for you in the States that your FDA acts differently.
    I wish it for you, with all my heart. But I have seen the interests of big money at work. And the health of human beings is the last thing on their minds …..

    Thank you for your story. It is great and a real eye-opener.
    I shared it all over the place. And I hope that others do the same.

  10. If you do not have the necessary training and experience. it is sometimes difficult to tell truth from lies when looking at scientific evidence. However, we all can tell truth from fiction when we read about real life experiences.

  11. I have to be honest and say that you’ve actually brought a tear to my eye. Thank you Alison, in this blog, you have conveyed so much of what most vapers have found and for my part, as a vaping vendor also, you have underscored what motivates me. Yes, I’m able to put bread on the table, but like the ladies you describe and most importantly, we are actually IMO, saving lives. My business model is also similar (No web selling, just word of mouth)
    I totally agree with Clive’s comments also..In time, these objectors will be made to have their heads in shame. Let’s just hope that will be soon, before “they” win and send us back on a path of self destruction. Worse still deny all those still smoking, only to become a victim of “if only” (Hindsight)

  12. Is there better ones and ones that aren’t so great. There are so many kinds out there. I would like to know what one is best. Ty

    1. There definitely are. I am not going to promote any brands or vendors but I will tell you that you will be much more successful with products from a reputable vape shop than any gas station. I believe that the personalized help and support you receive at a vape shop is vital to success. If can’t find a local shop send me an email with your location and I will help you find one. Good luck 🙂

  13. Allison, this is inspirational! Not for me, because after having been a smoker of a pack a day for fifty years, I haven’t smoked a cigarette for eleven months. From the moment I began vaping, I knew that I would never smoke again.I will spread your blog far and wide.
    As a matter of interest, some months ago i had a letter published in the newspaper about how vaping had allowed me to quit smoking. For a month after that, I had two or three phone calls a day asking for information which i was only too happy to give.
    And that’s what all vapers should do – SPREAD THE WORD!.

    1. I once felt the same way. But I realized that it was extremely callous of me to a) assume someone else could easily give up their nicotine habit b) assume that someone else wanted to give up their nicotine habit and c) to worry more about someones nicotine habit than their life.

      In a perfect world no one would do anything that is the least bit harmful. However, that would eliminate the majority of human behavior (and much enjoyment).

      But the larger reality is that millions of people die from smoking every year worldwide. If we can prevent those deaths, why does it matter of people are still addicted to nicotine? Any addiction may be less than ideal but it is not a concern worth disparaging something that could save millions of lives.

      1. http://www.ecigarette-politics.com/nicotine-clinical-trials-why-aren-t-there-any.html

        The FDA does not consider Nicotine harmful anymore, nor do they consider it an addictive substance. If you do more research instead of assuming what was, you can find that amongst the 1400 chemicals in tobacco cigs there are many with cynergetic addiction causation. I am now 2 years without and am at no nicotine but still love my vaping. I am full level 3 mecanical mods, mixing my own and replacing SS wicks in genesis tanks. I still love it

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  15. Just beautiful Allison. After forty some years of smoking more than a pack a day, it is a bit strange to say with conviction that I’ll never smoke again. I say it because I truly believe it. I called my first device my magic wand and wrote about it on my blog. It has been replaced by more sophisticated devices and as a techy type, I’ve gotten into rebuilding. I love it all, the whole scene. Tell your husband he did a good thing and let your son know he’ll have a dad for a long time.

  16. Great blog!
    When you learn about the innovations within the ecig industry and the adoption of vaping by confirmed smokers, and then observe the lengths that many public health advocates and tobacco control professionals have gone to in discrediting these developments, you can only look on in disbelief. Something that has the potential to minimise the harms of tobacco smoking is developed, millions of deaths could be avoided, and yet many of those tasked with reducing tobacco consumption are advising smokers not to avail themselves of this opportunity to stop smoking through vaping – it all reads like a fascinating science fiction novel. Unfortunately it is true.

  17. Thank you for this story. I intend to share it widely. My story is similar to your husband’s. I was a 3 pack a day smoker for decades (yes, 3 packs). I will celebrate 365 days smoke free this coming Wednesday. If the number of days doesn’t sound impressive, the number of cigarettes not smoked should. If it was not for vaping I would have smoked 21,900 cigarettes in those 365 days. Laid end to end they would stretch well over a mile. Instead I have smoked only one. I tried one a few months back just to see what it was like. It was AWFUL! Tasted just like burning hair. I will never smoke again unless the FDA makes it my only alternative.

  18. after 44 years smoking, and the last ten of those trying everything, from nic-lozenges, patches, pharmaceuticals, acu-puncture, counseling, herbs etc. without success, on february 1st of this year i picked up a vape pen…haven’t smoked since!

    i like dessert flavours because i hated both the taste and smell of tobacco. and the nic-levels in my juice have been decreased from 24mgs per ml to 3mgs per ml.

    i used to have to use a nebuliser and emergency inhalers, the upper half of my singing range was gone and my voice low and gravelly. i coughed, a lot! and had a hard time with energy, got tired and winded easily.

    imagine my excitement that at 60 years old, this dog learned a new trick! how to get small levels of nicotine in a relatively safe way!

    now both energy levels and singing range are back to normal. i no longer have need of my nebuliser or emergency inhalers and i don’t cough all the time.

    i’m convinced that vaping has add years to a life previously shortened by tobacco addiction!

  19. I’ve smoked my whole adult life (except when I was pregnant, obviously). I didn’t even particularly want to give it up – I enjoyed it too much. One day at a local market I bought a basic, but decent, e-cig and menthol juice (not interested in the fruity flavours, I want it to taste like a cigarette). That was a few months ago and I’ve never smoked since. The health benefits are tangible. I’ve always been fit, running marathons and walking for miles every day. But I just felt so much healthier. I’ve saved so much money. It costs me around a fiver a week (£5) as I now realise I didn’t actually smoke most of the cigarettes I lit, I used to have one or two puffs and let them burn down. Now I just have the odd puff on my e-cig. I’ll never be one of those fanatical anti-smoking zealots. But one thing I’ve learned from stopping is that people who smoke do actually smell a bit.

    Long live e-cigs. But with the UK government so dependent on the extraordinary revenue it collects from cigarette smokers (come on, if they really wanted us to stop they would just ban it – fact is it more or less funds the entire NHS) and the vested interest of the pharmaceutical companies with their crappy little patches and other stop smoking aids that clearly don’t work, I fear it won’t be long until they find a way to stop it happening. They make far too much money from smokers to let us have this easy way out.

    It’s a shame more people don’t check the facts out before condemning it. But, hey, they need their fix just like we do. It’s just that their fix is controlling others.

  20. I just forwarded this post to my wife. Your story and mine (and my family’s) is eerily similar, except I think we might be you, time-shifted a while to the point where you were accepting the results, but still skeptical and researching.

    I have to live with the fact that approximately 25 years of me making a bad decision, multiple times a day, has drastically increased the chances that I might leave my son without a father too early. It’ll happen eventually, but I know that if I were to develop lung cancer, I wouldn’t feel sorry for myself, but I’d feel that I had done this to him, and it would be my fault.

    But based on the preliminary evidence that is out there, and my personal history, I will tell any anti-vaping advocate that if they manage to take vaping away from me, they’re going to have to bear that guilt as well. Because based on prior evidence, I’ll probably start smoking again eventually, and an unknown/potential harm does not equal a known harm, no matter how similar they look.

    So thank you for supporting your husband, and for supporting us. It means a lot to me.

  21. Thank you very much for sharing!

    I sincerely hope you might be right about health officials. I’ld be happy to discover being too pessimistic.

    But I think the inital blame for the “safer cigarette” fiasco lies with the health officials. They started to limit the maximum allowed nicotine content of cigarettes. Presumably because: “Nicotine baaaad”. I guess the reason behind that was: When smokers get less and less nicotine, they’ll eventually stop. Unfortunately just wishful thinking. They just smoked more to get the accustomed daily dose of nicotine. Effectively inguesting more tar and other really bad stuff. I can’t really blame the tobacco industry to jump on this band waggon and offering cigarettes with even lower nicotine content. Following the (mis)lead of the health professers in arguing that they would be “safer”. I think it was extremly hypocritical of them to put all the blame for their initial mistake on the tobacco companies in a show of outrage. And they still stubbornly cling to their false “safety limit”.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe for a second in the bevolence of big companies, neither tobacco nor pharma. It’s all about the filthy lucre for them. But I don’t want let those sanctimonious moralists wash their hands of this.

    I’m a happy vaper, too. Switched 2.5 years ago. Never wanted to quit. Just out of curiosity.

    All the best to you and your loved ones.

  22. Great story, I really enjoyed it and shared it with some loved ones. One thing though, there are a LOT of typos and grammar errors that you may want to look over.

    1. Thanks Jeff, I posted this when I finished writing it in the middle of the night. Getting on the typos now 🙂

  23. Dear Allison,

    I just wanted to say that this is a terrific blog and articulates so well the despair that many of us now feel about the leadership in public health. I think you are a little too generous about their motives, but I think it is probably better to be open minded about their motives and reasons and leave room for the possibility they will change. I hope that they will one day see what is before them and cease the frantic efforts to turn good news and hope into bad news and fear. It really is quite shocking that privileged academics, major charities and public health organisations like CDC should abuse the trust they are afforded by virtue of their position in society. If they carry on like this, they will soon lose it completely – and you will be just one of many who say:

    …my trust in public health has evaporated. I am so dismayed at the misinformation released from trusted organizations. I can’t believe the amount of evidence they are willing to ignore and the ease at which negative hypotheticals are accepted as fact.

    … that is something they ought to be more worried about than they actually are. I think the tobacco control program at UCSF is now somewhere any young aspiring researcher should avoid like the plague. It’s more like a cult than a university, the Waco of public health.

  24. Allison, thank you so much for writing this! I really hope people will share your story everywhere, I know I have!

    As vapers, we sometimes forget what this all looks like to someone on the outside looking in.

    Just yesterday, I was skyping with my best friend of like nearly 30 years…her husband still smokes (she gave up but she was really only a social smoker anyways) and for the first time in their 11 year marriage, he asked his 2nd wife (ME! hahah) for advice. I spent over an hour on Skype explaining everything to him, showing him all the different devices…he was nodding his head, “Lemme ask you this girl…If I go onto one of those things, I’m not getting all the shit in from a regular cig am I?” I shook my head, “nope not at all. The only thing ecigs and regular cigs have in common, is NIcotine.” We talked about PG (his wife (my BFF) works in the local hospital and is training to become a trauma nurse, was nodding her head, she knows all about PG and she even chimed in “It’s pretty safe, and it’s in so much of the medications we give people, even asthma inhalers” She also explained to him some of what she has seen me go through when it comes to my switch to vaping. Her kids (my beautiful god babies) even understand that by not smoking, Im going to be around “to put the kibosh” on anything naughty they do in life, a heck of a lot longer now…I promised to get some more info over to him today, a place to buy and a list of what I think he needs, to keep him from going back to smoking. He’s a tinkerer so I think he’s going to take to Vaping really quickly. It’s just those few days of getting used to it.
    Anyways Allison, thank you again for this…I’m going to pass this story on to my BFF and her old man along with the rest of the info I’m sending to them.

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