Now if you only read one vaping related story today, you have arrived at the right place. Let me set the scene for you. Judy Judd (I’m not making this up ha) is the Project Director for The Tobacco Control Program based out of Ukiah, California. She has posted an open letter to ‘Daily Journal Letters’ entitled Keep vaping away, calling for a pro-action stance from health workers to effectively ban vaping from all health practices. I’m going out on a limb here, but I highly doubt she was expecting this reply…Freedom1958, take a bow.
Keep vaping away
To the Editor:
Health providers nationwide are beginning to make themselves heard on the topic of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDDs). These devices heat a liquid containing nicotine and/or other substances and release aerosols, or “vapors,” and using them is called “vaping.” Selling ENDDs or refill liquids to minors is unlawful in California. Health organizations and agencies at all levels, from local to federal, and even some businesses are taking action and adopting positions to protect public health. For example, the legislatively mandated committee that monitors the use of Proposition 99 tobacco tax revenues in California, called the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (TEROC), announced that “TEROC opposes the use of e-cigarettes in all areas where other tobacco products are banned.”
Although research is in the early stages and the effects of vaping on both users and bystanders are not well-established, some reasons for this position are that the vapors contain nicotine and are addicting, the use of ENDDs reinforces social acceptance of smoking, and their emissions can contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals. At this time, in many places where others would be exposed to the vapors—such as inside of workplaces and businesses open to the public—the law does not address the use of ENDDs. If lawmakers take TEROC’s recommendation seriously, vaping will be banned in many such places, but health agencies and organizations do not have to wait for the legislative process to unfold.
I hope you will join me in urging local health providers to omit vaping from their premises, and thanking those who do. For example, the Mendocino Community Health Clinic (MCHC) bans ENDDs at its health centers in Ukiah, Lakeport, and Willits. Those who pass such bans are putting health first, and deserve the thanks of others who support health. If you appreciate their efforts, please let them know.
— Judy Judd (Project Director, Tobacco Control Program)
Reply – Freedom1958
Note to writer: Vaping is not SMOKING.
As a former smoker who switched to vaping 11 months ago after a forty-year 3-pack-a-day habit, I think I have a better understanding of the new technology than you do. Here’s what happened in my case:
1) In the first month, I coughed up a lot of phlegm — some of which may have been sitting in my lungs for years. Also, my breathing began to improve.
2) As my lungs cleared, my energy went through the roof because my blood was no longer laden with carbon monoxide. This energy boost backed off a bit and normalized over time as my body made fewer red blood cells because it no longer had to compensate for the lack of oxygen. I still have much more energy than I had during the last ten years of smoking.
3) At around 3 months, I noticed that my lungs were regaining their elasticity. I could breathe in more deeply and expel air more thoroughly than I had in decades. This has continued to improve over time.
4) Four months in, a doctor — who did not know my smoking history — listened to my lungs and said they sounded good. I told him I’d been a long term, heavy smoker just a few months prior with all the signs of COPD, and he was amazed.
5) My ability to do strenuous work without getting winded just keeps improving.
6) Two months ago, I had to start REDUCING the nicotine level in my e-juice because its effect had become too strong. I’m currently at around 2/3 the level I started at and expect to have to lower it further over time. So, just how addictive is nicotine when separated from the 4000+ chemicals found in cigarette smoke? THAT is what you should be researching!
My story is not unique. There are many vapers who would paint a similar picture. The genie is out of the bottle and no amount of regulation will ever be able to put it back in. If you drive the vaping community underground, you will only increase its allure for young people. It is time for the establishment to embrace this new and safer technology — that is, if community health is your real goal.
Unfortunately, I think you are more driven by the need for tax revenue than health. If that is the case, then hear our rallying cry:
Our Lungs are Clear,
Get used to it!!!
…and crawl back in your hole.
Judy Judd. (Sunday 15 February 2015) Keep vaping away [online journal]. Retrieved from http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/opinion/20150215/keep-vaping-away