All of this comes about as are a result of a series of well-publicized health issues that at least on the surface appear to be tied to "vaping". Examples include:
I could go on, but the point is made. Since I've been reading these articles over the past week or so, I decided to do a little digging into how those who defend "vaping" view this information. The chief "pro-vaping" theory out there is that, at least for those who have recently died, the cause of their demise likely has to do with these folks inhaling some kind of synthetic THC (the active ingredient in Marijuana). Along with that theory comes a heaping-helping of claims that this is all a plot on the part of Big Pharma and/or tobacco companies to suppress "vaping" as an alternative to smoking tobacco (or, in the case of "vaping" Marijuana, the health benefits that seem to follow every Internet discussion of that particular plant). In these cases, it's easy to get caught up in the confusion of it all.
Maybe it's worth just a minute or two of time to take a step back and taking a broad view of this whole "vaping" thing.
First, is "vaping" objectively better for someone than smoking cigarettes? It sure is. Then again, eating a diet consisting solely of deep-fried pork rinds is also better for you than a diet consisting solely of Hemlock. Both will get you killed; all that differs is the timing.
Second, our lungs are designed for one thing, and one thing only: Breathing the air that exists around Planet Earth. That's it. Nothing else.
Granted, if "vaping" only involved breathing in water vapor, well, it would probably not be all that harmful. The problem is that we all know that the
The other important element that I think gets lost in the whole "vaping" discussion is the role of addiction. Specifically, it seems that most folks who "vape" are actually using it as a delivery mechanism for the poison nicotine. Oh, and yes, nicotine is poisonous, so when someone smokes or "vapes" they are actually introducing small amounts of poison into their body with each inhalation. As if that were not enough, nicotine is also highly addictive. How's that for a combination: A highly addictive poison.
The bottom line is that "vaping" is bad for anyone. It is simply not safe. You could argue that it is safer than smoking cigarettes, but that's ultimately an argument of the lesser of two evils; what's lost on some though is the fact that both choices are still, in fact, evil.
If you smoke, please stop. I sincerely mean that, as this world needs all of our talents; none of us are truly expendable because of an addiction that offers nothing in return. If "vaping" can help you stop smoking, well then that seems like a reasonable way to end one deadly habit, as long as it just doesn't replace it with another. If you "vape" please at least ween yourself off of the nicotine and purchase your supplies for a reputable dealer. Better yet, just stop.
(*) The song Aqualung isn't a favorite of mine, but it does bring back some 70's fueled-memories. A really great Jethro Tull song is "Teacher".