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Smokers have 2 options
Harm reduction is a public health approach to reducing the consequences of risky behaviours like drug use. Nicotine does not cause disease, it’s the other 7000+ chemicals made when chemically leaden cigarettes are burned. Vaping reduces the harm by 95%.
Clearly there’s an epidemic
Epidemic: A widespread disease that affects many people. Smoking kills 17,000 people EVERY DAY! These deaths are 100% preventable. A safer source of nicotine means millions of lives saved, not to mention the quality of life for these people improves.
Before vaping, about half of smokers tried to quit every year but only 2.5% of smokers quit long term in a year. Despite the cost, health consequences and social shaming, most smokers are destined to the eventual smoking-related diseases.
Over decades, scientists were paid millions of dollars to add different chemicals to tobacco & make them more addictive. Many of the chemicals in cigarettes enhance the effects and delivery of nicotine. Some chemicals are addictive in themselves.
100% of smoking-related diseases are preventable! “The harm from tobacco is overwhelmingly due to its combustion … E-cigarette vapour, in contrast, does not include any combustible by-products,” – Action on Smoking and Health
Over one million Canadians suffer with smoking-related diseases. Cigarette smoke contains 1500 known disease causing toxins & 69 carcinogens. If smokers switch to tobacco harm reduction, they reduce the toxins & their risk for smoking-related diseases.
The cost of smoking include $16.4 billion, including long-term disability costs ($6.8 billion) healthcare costs ($6.5 billion) and fires ($74 million). These costs are 100% preventable and far exceed provincial and federal tobacco taxes collected. The balance is paid by the taxpayer.
People start smoking in their teens because youth experiment with adult taboos due to peer pressure and “sensation seeking”. Also, because the brain is still developing; it is building new connections making them more vulnerable to addiction.
Tobacco companies rely on normal teenaged experimentation to create the next generation of smokers. Cigarette smoke is so addictive that after just 2 cigarettes, over 10% of youth have trouble saying ‘no’ to the next one. After 100 cigarettes (4-5 packs), 94% have trouble saying ‘no’.
Eliquid contains 4 ingredients and only the nicotine can cause dependance. The chances of a youth becoming a smoker is 20 times higher if they start their experimentation with smoking verses with vaping. Vaping is interupting the historical process of creating smokers.
Do we hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the 100,000 Americans that die every year from perscription drugs? Or automobile companies for car accidents? I think we need to reevaluate holding the vaping industry responsible for youth abusing harm reduction.