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Nothing seems to foster our collective hysteria more than the subject of E-cigarettes. There are those who rave about how this is the best way yet to defeat the scourge of smoking. And there are others that see it as just another industry ploy to get us hooked on bad and unhealthy habits.

Within this debate, it’s hard to see a way out. Unless, of course, you consider some of the facts. Last year in August, British public health officials released a landmark report. In the report, they suggested E-cigarettes, like those at, were safe.

The press went into uproar. And many claimed that it was yet another attempt by the likes of Philip Morris to perpetuate the myth of healthy smoking. And yet the report found at still stands today. Smoking e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer, according to the experts than regular smoking. And that is quite something.

In Britain, the message appears to have been accepted. But there has been a history of public health organizations not talking to each other across the pond. When saturated fat was first identified as a culprit in heart disease in America, the Brits had none of it. It threatened their Sunday roasts. The British Medical Council held out for over a decade, denying that saturated fat caused heart attacks. It was only in the 1990s that they finally accepted the science. Clinical trials made it irrefutable.

But the message has not been heard loud and clear in America. Rather than see E-cigarettes as something that can be used in the fight against smoking, they’re seen as a menace. And that’s a problem.

E-cigarettes don’t contain any tobacco. And it is tobacco that has for years been associated with many of the problems with smoking. Anti-smoking groups are campaigning as if vaping is the same as smoking. It spreads the message as if the two are interchangeable. And though they might be from a habit forming standpoint, they’re not from a health standpoint.


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Despite this, the media in the US has accepted the anti-smoking message. It’s as if the act of smoking itself has become taboo. When in fact, there is nothing wrong with the concept.

It’s ironic too. The anti-smoking lobby is trying to get rid of something that can help them achieve their objectives.

But the human cost is all too real if there is a clamp down on vaping. Thousands of smokers have managed to kick the habit thanks to E-cigarettes. And these thousands of people are now at a much lower risk of all the diseases that were waiting for them down the road.

However, even if the government doesn’t follow the advice of the anti-smoking lobby, damage may have already been done. Back in 2010, about 84 percent of smokers thought that vaping was safer than smoking. And that was largely in line with the science. But thanks to propaganda to the contrary, that figure had dropped to 63 percent by 2013. The result? People are ditching vaping and going back to cigarettes. And that’s exactly what we don’t want to happen.