Hello vapers and potential future vapers! Vaping has become an increasingly popular alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes over these last few years, and the hype continues to grow. Often enough, people consult the opinions of professionals in the industry, on the topic of how 'healthy' vaping really is because there is a lot of conflicting information out there. While all of us here at Mt Baker Vapor are extremely passionate about telling everyone about the potential benefits of vaping, believe it or not we are very limited as to what we are allowed to tell you.
On August 8, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration of the United States introduced regulations for the vaping industry. As part of these regulations, vaping companies and their employees are not permitted to speak on the topic of the health affects of vaping. We cannot refer to our products as cessation products or claim that it is a "healthier" alternative to smoking. As much as we would love to give you the most straightforward, factual, data-driven, backed-by-science, opinions as possible, it has become more complicated than that.
But, here is what we can tell you!
Testimonies of people who have switched from smoking conventional cigarettes to vaping with electronic cigarettes are all over the internet. You will come across some heart-wrenching stories of real people who have had real experiences, and whose lives have been extremely impacted by vaping in a positive way. There are also quite a few studies that have been done -- both pro-vaping and anti-vaping. So, it is important to track your sources and follow the money! There are many studies out there that are packed full of misleading information, illegitimate control groups or a complete lack thereof. To help you weed those out, and read up on some testimonies, here are some resources we recommend spending some time with:
Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association: https://casaa.org/
Not Blowing Smoke: http://notblowingsmoke.org/
Right To Be Smoke Free Coalition: https://www.r2bsmokefree.org/
Please also be sure to check out this blog post of MBV's, as it explains the roots of the problems the vaping industry faces with authorities, and tells you what associations not to trust with 'facts' on vaping.