Dear valued customers,
As a small business owner involved in the vaping industry for the better part of the last decade, I wanted to take some time and alleviate some of the concerns we’ve heard from our customers as well as what their friends and family are telling them. As a former smoker who quit by way of vaping, seeing all the negative and misleading reports in the media regarding vaping push people back towards smoking truly saddens and worries me.
In the years since vaping was introduced to the world, there have been numerous studies done showing the massive reductions in risks for vapers compared to smokers. It has proven to be the most successful cessation aid and contributed greatly to the lowest rates of smokers worldwide. Health Canada acknowledges that:
- Replacing smoking with vaping lowers exposure to harmful chemicals
- Former smokers who completely switch to vaping see health improvements
- Vaping products contain a fraction of the 7000+ chemicals found in a single cigarette
Over the past several weeks, we have been inundated with reports regarding respiratory illnesses linked to vaping. While there has been some responsible journalism, the vast majority of news outlets have flooded social media and newsfeeds with headlines depicting vaping as the culprit. What they have failed to stress is that most of these cases have one thing in common – patients reporting these symptoms and illness were, in fact, using oils derived from cannabis. Specifically, Vitamin E Acetate, a diluting agent meant to maintain the same viscosity as pure THC oil while actually cutting it down to lower strengths and maximizing profits. Vitamin E Acetate itself is a perfectly safe ingredient when ingested orally, however, it was never meant to be vaped. It is not surprising that the majority of patients reported purchasing these cannabis cartridges/oils illegally; made in unregulated places by criminals. Some of these producers have already been arrested or subpoenaed in their jurisdiction.
Vaping has been around for well over a decade. Up until this point, there has been no reports of any illnesses of this sort. Suddenly we see an uptick centralized around the USA, and the media starts blaming an industry that has a worldwide footprint. We must ask ourselves, why hasn’t this happened anywhere else? The answer is simple: people using vaporizers to consume e-liquids with nicotine are not falling ill to this outbreak because e-liquids with nicotine and e-cigarettes are NOT the culprit. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA has recently advised people that THC cartridges containing Vitamin E Acetate are behind a lot of the cases they’ve examined and that if you have quit cigarettes through vaping, do not return to smoking. New York, after proposing a ban on flavoured e-liquids, are now quietly issuing subpoenas to certain companies responsible for manufacturing and distributing this compound. Public Health England has issued a statement advising their stance on vaping remains unchanged and that vaping is still at least 95% safer than smoking cigarettes.
You or your friends and family members may be wondering, if the truth is that simple, why are we being told otherwise? Why are governments cracking down on vaping and proposing bans on flavours if it’s only certain cannabis oils that are the cause?
Without wanting to sound like we’re spewing conspiracy theories, the reality is that tobacco sales have decreased with the rise of vaping, along with tax revenues and settlements that governments receive through cigarette sales. There is no other logical explanation to justify demonizing an industry that is reducing harm while ignoring another that claims millions of lives every year. What we are seeing now is an opportunistic and co-ordinated attack with the sole intention of wiping out an industry that is eating into the pockets of very rich and powerful people.
We have included links to articles or bulletins issued by various agencies and news outlets for your own reading. Don’t let the media, or anyone else for that matter, tell you that smoking is safer. Anyone who expresses this opinion is irresponsible and grossly misinformed. The truth belongs to all of us, and the freedom to a healthier alternative is our right.
Supa Vape Store