Clearly now that the Tobacco Industry
has embraced this product, we can
assume that they see it as the stopgap
for the decreasing numbers of smokers
now fascinated by the new tech toy
that delivers nicotine. It keeps the
gestures of the addiction to smoking
firmly in place. It encourages the
perpetuation of the habit.
Almost no regulation of the nicotine-
based product is in place; yet numerous
big cities (Boston, Chicago, New York,
L.A., etc.) have banned public e cig use
in the same manner that tobacco
products are banned. Many towns
across the western world are following
suit. Yet the companies and advocates
who are promoting e cigs are quick to
claim that they must be okay and safe
since over a million people are now
Is that like guns are safe because
myriads of people shoot them?
There are wild claims that electronic
cigarettes are helping millions of
people to quit smoking. Using screen
stars and rockers to swagger with an
arrogance about the right to use just
seems like a lot of folks are getting
paid off to say all of this is okay. Just
like 40's and 50's cigarette advertising.
Try pressing any doctors who are vocal
e cig proponents, and we may find that
they are also financially invested in
seeing this product succeed; those who
are pushing what some might call
"magical science". It's all part of the
strategy to reframe and re-profitize
"the habit". E cigarette lobbyists are
particularly creepy in their cavalier
proselytizing. Like a Fox News smile.
In my research, which includes very
little magical thinking, most of the
electronic cigarette users I've spoken
with also smoke tobacco...and are very
touchy about being asked about this.
It's a 20 something hipster thing; yet
hear what's wrong with the picture.
what all my buddies and I started on.