Some call them e-cigs, some call ’em vaporizers, some call ’em e-hookas. But whatever you call ’em, the World Health Organization is calling them “dangerous.” And there’s a new push to curb e-cigarettes and vaping at any indoor public places. It’s a topic that has people fuming.
An upcoming report from the World Health Organization is getting some pre-release notice. In short, the group says e-cigs and vaporizers are a threat to public health. It’s recommending a ban on indoor use, advertising, and sales to minors. That, following a report Monday from the American Heart Association, saying e-cigs should be considered “tobacco products” since they can contain nicotine… even though they don’t contain any tobacco.
If you’ve been living on Mars for the past few years, e-cigs and vaporizers are electronic doo-hickies that use batteries to heat a coil and turn a liquid into vapor. That liquid is usually flavored, and most often has nicotine added. And it’s a big hit with the kids. More than 250,00 teens say they’ve tried them, triple the number from three years ago. It’s actually become kind of a sub-culture, with people customizing their “vapes” and holding cloud contests.
So far, there haven’t been any long-term studies showing vaping is bad for you. But in part, that’s because vaping is so new. The vapor is the same thing used in stage smoke, and generally recognized as safe by the FDA. There are also plenty of ex-smokers who’ll tell you they quit the “real stuff” by using e-cigs for their nic-fix. And some vapers say they do it just for the entertainment of blowing giant clouds of smoke.
Our Man on the Edge, Robert Wilder, has to put up with our producer vaping around him all day. So should it be banned near other people?