Continuing the discussion from Got a link to this podcast about chemicals in vaping:
Before you jump off the rails with a knee-jerk answer, please read to the end and think about it a moment. I think most of us who are former smokers are at least somewhat concerned about our health. Otherwise why vape…it sure as hell ain’t cheaper than smoking! Well not the way most of us do it anyway.
There is a lot of talk about government getting involved with the vaping industry. The various reasons why people are opposed to this have been laid out and most make very good sense. We don’t want to see our hobby and escape from the clutches of tobacco get regulated into oblivion, or forced into a high cost situation where many won’t be able to afford to vape. It’s only natural I think. And equally natural is to recoil at every conceivable threat to our freedoms.
But are we so damned determined to preserve our privilege that we’ll ignore potential health risks? I think for the most part that is a resounding no. I see people being proactive – learning about dangerous flavorings, potential hazards with batteries, and concerns over resistance wires being used. There are tons of helpful resources available. However, being honest with yourself, would you say that the first time vaper is more or less likely to head in the wrong direction when it comes to avoiding the things a veteran vapor knows? Where does the new vaper learn the things we’re all beginning to take for granted? And how can we as a community or a nation do whatever it takes to insure that people entering the vaping world are educated about safe practices? Let’s face it…not everyone is lucky enough to be a member of a great site such as this where warnings of risk are shared almost daily.
This brings me to the crux of the situation. Do you think the Federal government should be at all involved in the vaping industry? If so, to what extent? In the post I linked to I had shared a list I found of the e-liquids tested by VaporShark. The known chemicals hazardous to human health found in many flavorings are still being used by many of the premium e-liquid manufacturers. I urge you to listen to the podcast Lars posted in his thread because it is very illuminating. Story be told, many of these manufacturers of e-liquid were making juice high in those suspect chemicals and only sought to alter their recipes as a result of the VaporShark tests.
Does this tell you that the e-cig industry is not effectively policing itself? Well had it not been for VaporShark, I dare say there would still be $28 bottles of e-liquid being sold which contained high levels of Diketones. And I also believe it will take more than one of their competitors revealing this to get other companies to change.
Should government be involved in determining safety of vaping devices or resistance wire, cotton, rayon, metals, plastics, do purity tests on nicotine, PG and VG? Any or all of it? If not, who should be and who would enforce that it gets done? Or do you think it doesn’t matter?
Or how about this. Would you agree if the government were to only require vape shops and online retailers to put up a disclaimer effectively saying the use of e-cigarettes carries risk to health and property. We are not responsible for any loss of health, life or property that might result from the use of our products? Then just leave it at caveat emptor? What do you think society’s and government’s responsibility is here?