Simple Statistics To Defeat The Biggest Arguments Against E-Cigs

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point-counterpointThere are not many strong arguments for the harsh and unrelenting regulation of electronic cigarettes.  The arguments that are made tend to be flimsy and exaggerated in nature.  Here’s the single strongest facts the electronic cigarette community have on their side against those arguments that would have most people believe e-cigs are out to corrupt our children and enslave our nicotine-addled minds.

They could be as dangerous as smoking, but we just don’t know the risks of use.

Regardless of the impurities and toxins in electronic cigarettes, the absence of smoke means that they are 95% to 99% less harmful than conventional cigarettes.  Electronic cigarette vaporizing liquid has only 3 major components — a pharmaceutical base, nicotine, and flavor additives.  Researchers know more about the effects of vaporizing liquid than they do cigarette smoke which is believed to possess between 10,000 and 100,000 constituents.

Supporting Evidence: A BBC Radio Interview with epidemiology expert John Britton, a study of electronic cigarette cytotoxicity, a study of electronic cigarette vaporizing liquid contents.

The existence of second hand vapor means e-cigs should be subject to smoking bans.

Electronic cigarette vapor dissipates in 11 seconds and has no discernible effect on bystanders.  This is a dramatic difference from the 19-20 minute life span of cigarette smoke.  Researchers found the second hand effects of smoking were higher than the impact of first hand use of electronic cigarettes.

Supporting Evidence: A French study of electronic cigarette vapor, a study looking at the respiratory effects of electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes appeal to teens and offer a gateway to begin smoking for youth that otherwise would not start.

Of non-smoking teens, less than 1% have tried electronic cigarettes and none show continued use.  Teens who are interested in smoking, do smoke, or may smoke are far more likely to use the real thing.  E-cigs appeal more to adults who wish to reduce the health or financial impact of their smoking with almost 90% of electronic cigarette users being over the age of 30.

Supporting Evidence: A survey of teen e-cig and smoking experience, a survey of electronic cigarette user experience.

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