Ok. Tuefels small coin purse.
Not a lot is known yet about long term E-cig, vaporizer, or other electronic nicotine intake on health. Compared to smoking it is very poorly understood.
There are still toxins excluding Nicotine in the mixes. Often it comes from the vaporized glycol suspension and other additives. It is not yet understood how much of these toxins may be hazardous to a users health or long term effects. These toxins are inhaled and possibly exhaled as well just like cig smoke. So the exhaled vapor may not be quite as safe as originally believed. But that isn't to say it is as dangerous as regular tobacco smoke.
There is also the issue a large degree of variance in the various e-cig brands, vaporizers, and the loads. For example some of the single load sticks have no control over doses and if you smoke the entire thing you just sucked down about three packs of nicotine. The mixes can have any number of variances as well. This is an area where some regulation and built in intake limiters are needed.
Some users of the E-Cigs are getting water in their lungs believed to be from inhaling the vapor but it needs more study to confirm.
Now the other side of the coin is that there are something like 1000 times fewer toxins in the ecigs/vaporizers and so far lower toxin concentrations in toxins that are present.
There is some tentative proof that they are just as effective as the patch at quitting smoking and help by adhering to the hand and oral habits associated with smoking.
Some of the vaporizers while more expensive allow custom or tailored loads to suit the users needs and they have the bonus of looking like a sci-fi pipe rather then a cigarette.These devices make it easy to control dosing for use in quitting or if someone just wants a little nicotine vs a lot or wants to smoke something a little different.
They generally lack the foul odor, tar, residue, and mess of cigarettes and seem cleaner overall by comparison.
Now the taxes are pretty self explanatory. Greed pure and simple. Coupled with the typical government knee jerk reaction to any enjoyable substance to try and stamp out or strangle it.
The attitude of people is ignorant moral panic-moral guardian bullshit. They already trotted out think of the children because of flavours. Yes because adults don't like flavors other then ass and ash. Also the typical bullshit of America's hold over from Puritanical thinking still shows up on both sides of the political aisle one way or another so if you enjoy doing something someone will be against it for petty reasons.
Others have the absurd notion it is still smoking never mind the major physical, mechanical, and chemical differences involved. Basically people being bossy nosy assholes as per usual.
There needs to be some regulation, some taxes are fine but if the E-cigs turn out to be a truly healthier alternative I think they should be taxed lower then tobacco.
We definitely need some studies aimed at the product so we know how dangerous it can be and how to mitigate it.
This is still a personal indulgence and a personal habit. Good manners would dictate that unless you are in your own space you should try and respect that others may not want to share the space with said habit. Obnoxious yes but that is sometimes the price for the public space. For now there is some good cause to ban public smoking until more is understood about the by product of use ie the exhaled materials and any that may waft out of the device in use.
edited 6th Mar '14 11:54:59 PM by TuefelHundenIV