The FDA estimates that close to a million e-cigarettes have been sold in the United States, despite some health organizations’ attempting to ban the products’. Organizations such as the American Legacy Foundation now known as the Truth Initiative are bent on pulling the products off the market for illogical and outrageous reasons, including the accusation that the products are being marketed toward children due to the fact that the cartridges are available in many flavors.
The accusations that the products are being marketed toward minors is completely baseless considering the fact that most e-cigarette sales are made online and it is rare for websites to accept checks or money orders as forms of payment these days. PayPal requires that a user be 18 to create an account and to become verified, they must have a bank account tied to it. So, two hurdles that require a person be 18 would have to be overtaken by children who have much easier access to tobacco cigarettes.
Another misconception that organizations like the Truth Initiative have is that adults do not have the desire for sweet tastes. Most adults will tell you that they like fruit flavors just as much as children do, so the “flavors = intended for children” argument loses validity there.
Some organizations are convinced that it could draw children into the habit of smoking, but e-cigarette kits run anywhere from $50 to $150, depending on the brand purchased. Tobacco cigarettes are only $5 a pack and it’s more feasible for children to get their hands on grandpa’s $5 smokes than Mom’s $150 e-cigarette.
Then there is the supposed risk of nicotine poisoning. E-liquid (which is the liquid inside the electronic cigarette that contains nicotine and flavor) is no more likely to cause nicotine poisoning than tobacco cigarettes and it has been noted on numerous medical websites that children go to the emergency room all the time because they ate cigarettes or cigarette butts. Consumers are being warned by many e-cigarette manufacturers to keep cartridges out of the reach of children and pets, just like they are warned to keep cigarettes out of reach. There is no elevated risk of nicotine poisoning, either for the user or for children and pets.
Even concerns about inhaling nicotine have surfaced, even though nicotine has been inhaled in cigarettes for centuries and through inhalators that have been on the market since the 1990’s. The safety of nicotine inhalers has not been questioned to the extent that e-cigarettes has. E-cigarettes have fallen victim to some vicious attacks recently from those who are allied with pharmaceutical companies and big tobacco companies alike. The products will revolutionize the smoking industry, potentially devastating both companies that market quit-smoking aids and tobacco companies who continue to peddle their death sticks to the public. A number of invalid arguments against e-cigarettes have been made, but consumers seem to be seeing right through them.
At first, the attacks came in the form of “there are no studies supporting the assumption that are safe”. When e-cigarette manufacturers sent their products off to be tested by laboratories that they paid to do so, health organizations started calling the studies biased. The manufacturers shot back that someone had to have the studies performed by the FDA and other organizations weren’t going to step up to the plate and do their own research. After having ready access to the products on the shelves for months, neither the FDA or any other health organization has performed a study on the safety of e-cigarettes. Some wonder if they will ever do their own study on the products and if they will just ban them without producing any evidence that they are harmful.
Then, they were concerned about the use of nicotine being inhaled by the user. While nicotine has been in cigarettes forever and there has been plenty of time to research the long term effects of nicotine use, they claim that the safety of e-cigarettes cannot be verified without it. Apparently unknown to Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN, nicotine inhalers have been on the market in the United States since the mid 1990’s, contradicting his statement that nicotine has never been “inhaled” before other than in cigarettes. The simple fact is that if you buy the best electronic cigarette that you can, then it is going to be safe.
The fact that the products come in many different flavors is also being used against e-cigarettes, but with the number of other products made specifically for adults that are on the market today such as alcoholic drinks, and novelty products, one can only wonder where the anti-smoking-anything industry comes up with these arguments.