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E-cigarettes: Organized crime is exploding.

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As national crime syndicates go, the FDA is one of the largest legal organized crime rings in the world. E-cigarettes and nicotine were deemed a “tobacco product” on August 8th, 2016 by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

I don’t have an answer as to how their decision reduces smoking. Not a clue as to how it involves tobacco harm reduction – which is their alleged intent.

I have an answer as to how it will increase smoking, funding for “tobacco” and continue a now criminally perpetual lie about nicotine.

I call that decision “National Tobacco Day“.


Criminal intent or public health

The FDA, while claiming to be the keeper of public health and all the good it does, goes deep within the realm of criminal intent, corruption and poor judgement, and has been on the side of drug companies for years.

Once Margaret Hamburg quit resigned retired left the FDA and was charged with RICO status, the nomination and confirmation of Robert Califf – having extremely lucrative financial ties to pharmaceuticals AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and more, has furthered the criminal activity…hiding in plain sight.

The FDA won’t admit to answering to the pharmaceutical companies who make profits with nicotine reduction “therapy” products like the patch and gum. Those entities are in direct competition with e-cigarettes.


Corruption

Certainly the FDA will never admit to corruption leading up to and including the “regulations” as David Goerlitz, the Former Winston Man had predicted two years before it happened below.

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Organized Crime

Medical associations like the Heart, Lung & Cancer Associations of America along with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, all supported heavily by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, (Johnson & Johnson) along with the American Medical Association, and MANY other organizations and their “subsidiaries” – claim to want to “reduce smoking”.

Despite science, not ONE has supported e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool. They simply cannot afford to support something that will take their revenue away.

Certainly, the FDA won’t admit to bending to pressure from “public health” and tobacco control, anti-smoking and anti-tobacco groups.

The tobacco companies AND those organizations above are going to will profit from revenue with this decision.

Those entities are funded directly and indirectly with tobacco sales, taxes and the Master Settlement Agreement.

“The people who are in the anti-smoking or anti-tobacco movement are so vindictive and hateful… they’ve made tobacco users feel like lepers, and that’s not the answer to the problem.”                                                                                                ~David Goerlitz


1.8%

From the Master Settlement Agreement and state tobacco taxes, this report shows the money spent from the fiscal year of 2016, “despite combined revenue of $25.8 billion from settlement payments and tobacco taxes for all states, states will spend only $468 million (1.8%) on comprehensive tobacco control programs.


 “They said….’This is no longer going to be about health, this is going to be about money.’

That’s what I saw. That’s the corruption”                                          ~David Goerlitz


The Master Settlement Agreement

According to this report

“It is clear that the MSA has not resulted in a clear and straightforward intensification of state tobacco control efforts, because of the impact of interest group activity and changing economic situations at the state level. MSA resources have been significantly diverted from tobacco control and treatment into other state policy activities”.

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Diverted. Unconstitutional. Misused. Stolen.


Regulation and taxation

of e-cigarettes are for CONTROL. For tax purposes, not public health. They claim it is about children and nicotine to continue their ponzi scheme.

They don’t want you to succeed by stopping your tobacco use.

They say vaping products are dangerous. There are no long term studies.

They don’t “know enough“.


They want you

to fail, and continue to fail their way…or tax you for succeeding your way.


Added 10/7/16:

Speaking of CRIMES:

Vaping bill sponsor admits ‘it did’ put people out of business


I’m doing everything I can in my power to stop them from doing so.

“The largest threat to is an informed consumer.”


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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Pounding Sand. I am proudly a guest on @vapemestoopid!

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Pounding Sand – Guest blog by

@Vapingit with Commentary by VMS

Kevin and I got to talking a couple days ago and we came up with this crazy confusing idea because we were both thinking about blogging on pretty much the same things. Instead of us both blogging on our respective sites, I asked Kevin if he’d like to do a dual blog post with me. He writes his initial blog and I respond with my 2 cents. You end up with 2 small time advocates views and opinions on pretty much the same subjects, but it’s a dialogue and not just one sided. My responses will be in purple and bold.

Kevin: A couple weeks ago, there was a vaping meet in New Jersey. If you’re reading this, you probably already know there was no vaping allowed.

VMS: I am still completely baffled as to why anyone would organize an event in a state with a public vaping ban. It makes no sense whatsoever!

Kevin: I’m a non-scientific kind of guy. I had a back & forth on a thought months ago with another person I respect via email –  We, I don’t remember who “thought” of it, but we were discussing what else we could DO to benefit our cause. That conversation turned to me attending a vape meet, and one of us said – what a great place to monitor the air!

A vape meet would be the PERFECT place. Stick some monitors up on booths. Put some on the entry/exit signs. Don’t even tell anyone. Just do it, lets find out what’s in the air, good or bad. By good or bad, I mean GOOD or BAD.

VMS: I too thought this was a great idea and I still do. Just like when Dr. Farsalinos tested e-liquid for diacetyl content the results were largely NOT in our favour as a community or an industry. I still find it upsetting that this information, up until recently, has been ignored by some of our leading e-liquid manufacturers. It took Five Pawns being outed by Cloud 9 for their diacetyl and AP levels to get companies to start making a change. Why the delay when we have had clear NEGATIVE evidence that this problem existed? 

Kevin: Well, with the Jersey thing this weekend, someone on a facebook group said something about the Health Department missing a great opportunity to do just that. I agreed. It went to twitter, I tagged Carl Phillips, Chief Scientific Officer at CASAA
where I was told:

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Well, maybe it’s me, but that seemed condescending. Again, I’m not a scientist, more of a lover of vape. I intentionally don’t want to find out it violates OSHA standards, I want to find out that it doesn’t. Come down to my level a moment.

That felt at a first GlANTZ that I was being told to pound sand – aaand I digress. I played stupid, but don’t understand.

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But there’s this, *Carl from you in June *I’m a huge fan!) :
http://antithrlies.com/2015/06/03/notes-from-the-fda-e-cigarette-workshop/

VMS: Carl is a difficult one. The limited communication I have had with him through twitter has always been swift and to the point. At times, it felt harsh. I’m not sure if this is just down to it being social media and an inability to convey emotion through 140 characters or just the way it comes across. No matter, really. Carl is a great asset to the cause.


Back to Farsalinos diacetyl study. I am prepared to accept negative results. Results that can create a positive change. If we find out that the air quality at large events like this is really bad for us, then that only serves for us to improve the way we conduct these events. If we are going to keep claiming that our vaper in small quantity is harmless to bystanders and ourselves, then we should know what it is doing to us and bystanders on a larger scale.


Kevin: On Facebook, it was handled a bit differently.

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Kevin: For better or worse, why HASN’T it been done? Why NOT? I’m still, even after the few paragraphs you’ve read, not a scientist. Let say out in Sunny California, there was, or will be a meet. Someone REALLY wants to do this on the anti-vaping side of our lives. THEY get the information and plaster it all over the news on the worst possible outcomes. Yes… and we’re sitting ducks. Trying to chase the truth down between their propaganda and lies like the old familiar formaldehyde stupidity.

VMS: So maybe an air test at a vape meet isn’t a great idea but a large indoor air study IS. Let’s encourage companies to put money towards a controlled large scale indoor air study then? We see how quick some of them are to support campaigns like #NotBlowingSmoke, so maybe we can get them to support some more research too? My biggest concern is that someone like Glantz who has the money available to him, will get this done before WE do. We all know how people like him would spin the data and the nano-particles. Why can’t we be on the offensive for once in this game?

Kevin: How the valuable resources were attained to debunk the formaldehyde scare are beyond me. Time and money. So, it leads ME to believe we should proactively take any sensible suggestion – *I thought it was a sensible thought* – and go with it to have it in OUR hands. Both for the vaper and anyone else.  Proactively. That’s my thought.

This study found on Vape About It concludes:
“…new study published in the Dec. 2014 issue of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology found conclusive data that the vapor emitted from e-cigs and personal vapor devices is non-toxic. In other words, vaping is safe.”

They do this at ice rinks.
They do this at indoor motor-cross events.

Among other things, if it is already deemed “safe” and the second/third hand studies were also debunked, why NOT go all out at a vape meet, or at least a good Saturday afternoon at a large scale Brick & Mortar? Why NOT?

VMS: I don’t see a good enough reason why not. “Handing the ANTZ” ammunition isn’t a good enough excuse anymore. If we don’t tackle and combat it before they do, then they surely have all the ammunition they need. “They had the opportunity to test it, but all they care about is getting you addicted to nicotine and not about the safety of the product.” We already have this fight on our hands. It doesn’t matter what move we make as long as we are always on the defensive. I have the utmost respect for Carl and Greg both, but I simply don’t agree with burying our heads in the sand. As a vaper and a consumer that supports AVA and CASAA, I was disappointed by both of their responses, but can also understand where they are coming from. I do think that this is something that needs further discussion by the “heads” of our community though and should not be ignored or passed off as being another silly idea.


Kevin: It probably has been done and there was no conclusive evidence to it being “bad”… or they’d have pounded us with it, or it really hasn’t been done to a “vape meet arena scale”.

SO, why NOT? Well, if arenas are too big why not do it at a weekend full vape shop. Lets put it to the test. Lets FIND out what is in it. Anyone reading this who’s in the environmental field got an idea as to how?

So, what are we hiding? If it hasn’t been done by us, shame on us. If it’s been done by “Glantz” or some other anti, they’d be ALL over it if it were bad. Just like the “aiming at children” packaging, nobody wants to bring THAT up until recently. Sadly, it’s been being brought up for some time. Why not get ahead of it? Why WAIT until we’re sideswiped by a big ANTZ truck full of what they WANT to tell us. If we’re not LEADING this industry in research, we’re all pounding sand.

VMS: Again, I have to agree here. We need to be on the ball and get on the offensive. No data is bad data, bad data is bad data, but GOOD data even if it has BAD results, can be improved upon. Also, to be fair, I don’t think the community is really hiding anything, I think some of us are just more reluctant in wanting to KNOW. Does that make sense?


Kevin: I do “what I can” to support and advocate. Sometimes I’m spot on, sometimes I’m out of line.
I DO what I can. I don’t like waiting, I like action. I don’t like being told to shut up. I don’t like being told “don’t talk about that”. I don’t like being suppressed. This is TOO frigging important.

VMS: I had an entire blog written up and dedicated to this subject. The “little advocates” compared to the big advocates. I haven’t published it yet because it’s mostly me getting really frustrated and angry.

Lately though, I have seen too many “that’s silly” “we can’t do that” “don’t do that” “been there done that it didn’t work” “why didn’t you run this past me first” and the one I hate the most, “let us deal with it”.

I have watched every day people, those working as a cashier or a stay at home mom, who want to get involved in advocacy, who are trying their best with what little they know, get told they’re basically a nuisance, that they’re in the way, and incapable of coming up with any good ideas that support the cause.

This treatment of the “little advocates” is unacceptable in my opinion. Us little people with tiny voices and a lack of experience put a lot of these people on point as our front men & women and those people accepted that responsibility. With that responsibility should come the decency to treat us “little advocates” with patience and respect. If we don’t deserve that at the very least…

Know what I think? Screw them. No one in this industry, any company or another advocate tells me what I can and can’t do and none of you should let them tell you either. Suggestions are great, advice is amazing, but if they shoot you down and make you feel like a fool, fuck them. Find someone/something else to put your support in and don’t let it defeat your purpose!

If your message is STRONG, if it can be backed up by evidence and you are prepared to defend your message, then go for it! Either people will pay attention or they won’t. Do NOT let anyone in this community tell you that your THOUGHTS or IDEAS or EFFORTS to protect this product are ‘not good enough”. 

 


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Kevin: I will do what Dr. Farsalinos said above, at any cost, including questioning integrity.

VMS: In the last 6 months I have watched many people change their stance on what to fight and what not to fight. 3 months ago, letting companies know that we thought their kid friendly logos were bad, was a GOOD idea and was ENCOURAGED. Now? It’s “who cares?” “this is an adult product being sold to adults in an adult store.” Funny that because 3 months ago that’s not what I was hearing. Reminder, the ANTZ are still attacking child friendly branding, it is still a problem and it is one that our community CAN CHANGE. Put your money where your mouth is. Tell these companies you don’t like their branding, why you don’t approve of it, and then endeavor to buy products from other companies who clearly care about protecting this product.

It’s the same thing with the Diacetyl and AP issues. Here in the UK and Canada, measures were taken to remove products from sale that contained levels that were deemed unsafe, yet the US has kind of just ignored it.  This is another incident where I read that we should just be quiet about it and let other people deal with it in in private and away from the public. Erm. No.

If a company is playing Russian Roulette with my health, I am not going to sit here and let them get away with it while I’m told to shut up and let other more experienced people deal with it…behind closed doors where we (the public) have no idea what’s being done to correct theses issues! Uh uh. Not happening. Same as above, tell a company you don’t like their test results and move to a brand that has results YOU are happy with.


Kevin: I also believe this:

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VMS: One voice may be small and quiet, but when we put all our voices together, we become loud and thunderous.


 

On an inspirational tweet, I created this. We’ve got petitions.

E-cigarette & Vaping Petitions Worldwide

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Guest Blogger Account here on the VMS Website. If you would like to post an opinion piece, please click on the SUBMIT POST link found in the websites navigation menu. We love to hear and share your opinions about vaping, the politics involved, as well as reviews of your new vaporizers!Opinions expressed by guest bloggers may not necessarily be the same held by this websites owner or other authors on this site.


This blog was left intact – I copied/pasted it on this blog above.

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UPDATE November 2015:

VapeCons: E-cigarette user conventions

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Update February 2016:

Look what happened months after this blog:

 

Clive Bates:

Public health snoopers detect vapour aerosol at vape conference and fake a particulates scare

The original is here Pounding sand: Guest blog @vapingit: Commentary by VMS

Please GO see her!!! Vape Me Stoopid!


Science & Research as mentioned above here!

Medical Professionals at M.O.V.E. here!


As always,

Keep On #Vaping On~

Kevin.


Ecigs, Vaping & Child Safety Caps. I’ll go first.

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There is a popular public display of politicians, public health & medical “experts” claiming child proof caps are a must lately. They elude to the notion is not in the hearts of those of us in the vaping community to think about children, and I’m here to tell you they are wrong.

Their posturing conveniently this gives the steadfast impression of a cult like mob mentality. They’re very good at holstering public opinion, giving the impression no one who vapes wants it. Funny it’s mentioned because I asked vapers this very question in a survey.

This cute ploy is done in many other arenas of politics…grandstanding…. thinking of the children invokes emotional response, invariable support and everyone falls for it. I call complete and well contrived bullshit. They have media on their side, all I have is a blog and some truth.

The misled raise their fists and shake their empty heads in disgust to the delight of those who have bigger plans with those bills they want to pass on vaping, e-cigarettes. Other less conspicuous agendas are behind the cry, and any variation there of: “Think about the children”.


It certainly is not about the children or public health.


If you vape and didn’t know it, A child died in New York from ingesting liquid nicotine in December of last year. I do not find this funny. The initial report stated “It does appear to be just a tragic accident,” said village police Sgt. Austin Ryan, adding that the glass bottle containing the liquid nicotine did not have a childproof cap.

That report was sadly showing more content about e-cigarettes than concern for the child.

A report by ABC News stated today “Police say the mother’s sister didn’t know the boy was going to be at the house that day and left an uncapped bottle of liquid nicotine on a low table.”


First report said “did not have a childproof cap”. Second report said “left an uncapped bottle”. Like any story, the truth is within the lines, the deception is in the content. I hate the very idea that any child would be hurt, sick, poisoned or die from negligence of any kind and it breaks my heart. Preventable? ABSOLUTELY. Adult responsibility, as with alcohol, bleach, car keys or any other adult product plays the ONLY role in this tragedy.

Case closed in Fort Plain liquid nicotine death


I have children. I have friends that vape. They have children. The propaganda behind the headlines isn’t that this innocent child died, it is that there needs to be regulation. The very idea that vapers do not WANT childproof or tamper resistant packaging is absurd and not true. Sadly and INEXCUSABLY This child died because

  • An adult left an uncapped bottle on a low table

  • An adult didn’t know the boy was going to be at the house that day

You decide whether a childproof cap would have prevented this tragedy. That is enough of that.


Below are just a few of OUR statements from vapers (Their words, no edits) about child resistant/proof containers from question number nine in the Vaping Truth Survey. There were many strong statements regarding children and safety for vaping, and they were NOT hard to find.

I feel in this instance, I will speak for every vaper out there, barring those folks with arthritis or other dexterity issues, vapers want 18+ sales for the most part and child-proofing caps are what we DO want, regardless of the spin and lack of integrity the politicians pretend to have.


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Vapers want childproof tops.

Saturday, Dec 27th


Child-resistant caps Friday, Dec 26th


No sales to children Wednesday, Dec 24th


Child abuse to parents who aren’t responsible for keeping their liquid out of the hands of the their kids Saturday, Dec 20th


childproof caps on eliquid bottles, existing consumer regs applied to batteries, that is all Wednesday, Dec 17th


As nicotine is a poison the public should be aware to keep this away from children! We don’t want to glorify it in front of them, we just want to live longer to enjoy them (the children) Saturday, Jan 24th


I should clarify that I would have absolutely no objection to minor sale bans or childproof caps either, it’s just that it’s not something I would explicitly “like” to see (as your question is phrased) since I have no children to worry about personally.

The one other thing I would say, regarding childproof caps, is that there’s a danger they will give some vapers a false sense of security (they also won’t protect pets). The best idea, in my opinion, is to simply keep all of your gear out of the reach of children and pets – whether you believe it’s safely “confined” or not. I’ve never understood why some people seem to find this so very difficult. Saturday, Jan 24th


Minimal Invasion. I see No need for Vapors to bear Sin tax due to BT tax losses. Government thievery! Child proof caps okay but then will come regulation on each and every available piece of equipment. Unacceptable to have a hand full of people dictating the lives of millions. Saturday, Jan 24th


We already have these things. Every shop I’ve been in has No one under 18 signs and don’t sell to minors. If liquid isn’t quality, people won’t buy it. Vapors are a vast community and we let newbies know not to get the stuff from the gas stations that comes from out of the country (China). I’ve never seen any bottle without a childproof cap and that can be taken care of with Parenting. Taxing it like tobacco will make it inaccessible to people who need it to quit smoking. Banning it and making more unnecessary laws is stupid and a waste of tax payer money. It’s not dangerous to bystanders. Friday, Jan 23rd


It’s not for children, but the industry has regulated itself fairly well so far. Friday, Jan 23rd


Pretty straight and forward. No sales to minors, having pure quality e-liquid, child proof caps for obvious reasons, and battery control or safety awareness. Wednesday, Jan 21st


Self-regulation has worked pretty darn well and can work well. No regulation is necessary. But we will have federal regulation and should have simple, achievable, reasonable standards in manufacturing process, e-liquid quality control, batch testing and marking, 18+ only sales, childproof caps and THAT is about it. And it MUST not be 50 different rules in 50 different states or it will destroy the marketplace. And it MUST not include one-penny of additional excise tax for two reasons – It will go up and it drives all market behavior to tobacco channels (tobacco wholesalers, not consumers, not retailers PAY the excise tax) dominated by big tobacco. And products must NOT be defined as tobacco or it will make competing with cigarettes that much more difficult and more people will smoke. And more people will die.

Wednesday, Jan 21st


There do need to be some controls in place, children should not be vaping, for example. But I also believe that this should be financially accessible to adults who want to try it to quit smoking. Taxing sales of equipment or liquid will only make smoking cigarettes more justifiable to someone who has been considering quitting them. Tuesday, Jan 20th


God please dont make anymore childproof caps. I know im an adult but they’re starting to get really frustrating! Tuesday, Jan 20th


I am quite capable of making my own decisions. I understand the risks to children and safety involved. I do not need anyone to take care of this for me. Tuesday, Jan 20th


I keep my liquid away from my children and my all my vaping equipment is looked after as I would any electrical products. My children have been educated that my (and my husband’s) ecig are ‘medicine’ and not to be played with or tried by them. Tuesday, Jan 20th


Childproof bottles and only sales to 18+ year olds? Absolutely! Regulation of materials used in pre-made coils and atomizers? Absolutely! Regulation of e-juice as a “tobacco product”? Absolutely NOT! If regulation of e-juice is in our future, it should be regulated in the same way that alcoholic beverages are. Tuesday, Jan 20th


Regulation is another word for taxation, I gave up smoking due to the high cost. Other then basic safety such as no sale to minors and child proof caps, I believe the industry can regulate it self safely and effectively. Tuesday, Jan 20th


As it is used as an alternative for getting your nicotine fix, it should be only sold to ages 18 and over, child proof bottles are a must just in case Tuesday, Jan 20th


Ecig batteries have no business being regulated by the FDA. They should be UL tested/certified and that’s it. Eliquid should have childproof caps, shrink wrap/tamper proofed, and tested for quality. Monday, Jan 19th


I would like to see all vendors be held accountable for the safety of their juice. We are putting our lives in their hands and if they are not responsible then they should be shut down. Child proof caps are necessary – juices are made with food grade flavoring and smell awesome – children won’t know the difference until they ingest it. Monday, Jan 19th


self regulation has worked, child proofing is being done without the FDA getting involved as well as self imposed age verification clean rooms being used to make juice, ect. ect. ect. Sunday, Jan 18th


Childproof caps are standard where I live as they should be. Tuesday, Jan 13th


Childproof Caps for liquid with nicotine only Monday, Jan 12th


ADDED 12/23/16

by Vaping360 / Jim McDonald:

True story: child poisoned by DIY nicotine

 


Excellent Points on Marketing To Children?

Clive Bates on Children.

Think of the children


Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

The survey has

The “Vaping Truth Survey” Final Analysis.

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The “Vaping Truth Survey”. This survey ran from Wednesday, December 17th of 2014 until Saturday, January 24th, 2015.

Seventy Two Countries.

OVER 7,000 WORLDWIDE participants!


From the beginning this survey was a vision to get a truthful view on vaping from vapers to counter the worldwide negative Public Health, Anti-tobacco (you would think with no combustion/no tobacco, ANTI-tobacco crowds would not be in this list), Departments of Public Health around the world, W.H.O. (World Health Organization), FDA, CDC & other major entities engage the media with, releasing an onslaught of false and misleading statements. Those entities are rarely retracting any disparities that I’ve seen. They trust you trust them, and they use that to their advantage. Bans are happening as well. BANS. With that, they are deterring and preventing people who might want to try or are successfully using this powerful and disruptive technology with those fore-mentioned bans, taxes, regulations and more.


FEW reports have shown the positive sides of vaping and what vapers experience exist, but they are starting to emerge. Science has answers. Truthful answers. Science has already BEEN working on this. Links are at the end of this report. They exist, they just don’t get equal time. WE are here to help change that for you below.

Vaping, as an extremely viable choice to stop smoking as the survey will show below, is changing the world & is changing and saving lives by both reducing and eliminating tobacco from our very lives. Some don’t like that, and they’re doing anything they can to deter this change. We, as vapers, do not know everything. We know what we experience. We know vaping is not smoking. That’s what we’re here to tell you.

Other goals for this survey were to see what other vapers thought, to have an idea of how it works, to see how long it took for them and other questions within the survey/poll that were important for the world to see.


Among other things, it was to create a place to point if there is someone that is contemplating vaping as an alternative to smoking to get some answers. Our answers. Vaping’s view if you will, of what we think. Having them then explain their answer afterwards was also the key! They have done so worldwide.


With a very hopeful original goal of 100,000 as a number as a mark to reach for in total participants, I tweeted as much as this “amateur” survey maker could. The undeniable support from the Twitter & Facebook communities was essential in this, and very appreciated. It could never have gotten to over 7,200 people worldwide without YOU. Fourteen questions were posed, and a comment section was available at the end.


Each section had a place to answer why they chose “other” and a “Please help us understand why you selected this answer” after the question. A few weren’t fond of that, and most left a comment. I’ll post a few from each one below the graphs. In this journey I learned many things.

I hope the information is useful to you. Thank you to all for the Twitter retweets & Facebook shares. Below the results are a few other factors about this survey. You can click on any graph to enlarge it. Thank you ALL. Lets get to it. The Vaping Truth Survey:

 




Question One: How many years did you smoke cigarettes, pipes or cigars?

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With 20 or more years experience at the top, 83% of the answers were 20 or more years of experience with tobacco use. With that much combined experience it is simple to see these users / participants are adults. Noted, “40 or more years” for this question: That group is presumably in their 60’s, are not present on the internet to take the survey nearly as much as what is presumed to be younger participants.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:

• Math

• ill-health

• I started smoking at age 14. I was 31 when I was finally able to quit.

• I smoked for about 33 years

• thats when i quit smoking cigs and started vaping

• Because i smoked for 22 years

• I smoked for almost 35 years before I started vaping.

• 35 years

• Because I smoked for this time? What a question is this?

• Because that’s how long I was smoking.

• It’s just the math!

• I started smoking in 1978.


Question Two: How many years have you vaped?

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With 1+ years at the top, less than one year right behind, the new users accounted for 63.4% of the top answers. The technology is advancing fast, the success rate with vaping is becoming very clear as opposed to other nicotine reduction methods approved by the FDA. Vaping has yet to be approved as a smoking cessation “device”, but certainly in clear survey style, vapers voice their truth of this, and will be covered (in part) with answers from questions 5, 7, 8 & 10 below.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• Stopped smoking entirely once I began vaping.

• Been vaping 3 1/2 years

• two month

• This helped me quit smoking.

• Vaping has simply saved my life

• I have been vaping for 2 months.

• My vape anniversary is Feb 1st a little more then a week shy wont hurt the servery especially since its closer to a year then not.

• 1 year was 1 19 2015 without a cigarette.

• I first tried vaping over a year ago, did it for a while then fell off the wagon. Got a decent set-up and started again 4 months ago.


Question Three: What strength nicotine do you use most?

3 The nicotine question, with 68% saying 1-12 mg nicotine strength is what they use. NO nicotine is only 3 percent, while 36mg strength is “0”, comments during the survey discovered higher powered devices (cloud blowers) use very low strength and the higher the nicotine strength relates to a stronger throat hit for the user. (discovered two weeks into the survey, the answer “12-16” was in the choices twice and left alone).

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• I started vaping at 18mg but my goal was always to get rid of my addiction to ANYTHING; so I slowly reduced my nicotine level over 2 years until I reached 0mg. I still love vaping but it’s a relief to know I don’t physically need it and that I can put it down at any time.

• 6MG

• I started at 24mg and have now moved down to 6mg.

• I don’t need to be constantly using my PV like a pacifier at 36mg

• I mostly use 3 mg

• Anything more than 8 makes me jittery. I haven’t tried going lower yet. I did start at 12. When that didn’t seem to be quite enough (I got headaches the first couple weeks) I went up to 18. Then back to 12, then 9, then found a flavor I love (heaven help ’em if they stop making it!) and it only comes in 8, 12, and probably higher. It’s been perfect. I’m sure I could go lower, but I’m not really bothered about the nicotine.

• Most common strength to start with from what I’ve been told

• 18-24 depending on throat hit

• Cause I drip or use my aspire Atlantis so big clouds low nic….personal pref.

• It varies

• Working my way to 0


Question Four: Do you smoke and vape?

4 Dual use as it’s commonly referred to in the media and public health arena, participants could choose more than one answer if desired. “Other” answers mostly commented that they never smoked, while “I quit smoking” and “I haven’t smoked cigarettes since I started vaping” were the same answer. Please note, the smoking cigars, pipes, using snus or dip/chew use only made up for 13% still using tobacco once they started vaping. Answers below this graph speak for themselves as vaping is a viable alternative to tobacco.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• Still enjoy cigar on golf course

•I’ve been known to have a cigarette when I was having issues with my PV (flooding, too cold, etc.)

• The day I bought my starter kit was the day I quit smoking. EXCEPT for four cigarettes in the first two weeks because I had some “technical difficulties” with my e-cig.

• Use 0 nic to help weight loss.

• Im still trying to cut down on my smokes

• Only when I drink or run out of juice late at night

• That why I vape

• I’ve had maybe… two when since I first started on Dec 25.

• Haven’t wanted or needed a cigarette since the time I started.

• Straight swap, no crossover.

• Well that 1st week I might have smoked a few cigs but they had me on like 12mg nic. and that just wasn’t strong enough after I switched to 24mg I haven’t touched a cig since.

• Because I quit smoking.

• Slowly quitting

• I smoked for the first 20 days that I vaped. Still felt I needed that smoke before bed. One cigarette a day. When the pack was empty, I was able to quit completely.


Question Five: How long did you try vaping before you stopped smoking?

5 Noted is the 2% saying it did not work, powerful evidence from vapers themselves show that ONE DAY is all it took at 42%. This is a very important figure to note. In total, 75% said vaping stopped them from smoking within a MONTH. Trial and error is probably the main reason with this 1 day figure not being higher. This can help a reader conclude that nicotine strength, taste & backups are the key to success with vaping. Later on question 10, we’ll show what doesn’t work.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• Using too low of nicotine. Tried stopping at 6mg

• Same time I started vaping I automatically stopped smoking.

• took will power but it works for me

• I began vaping to just cut down the number of cigarettes, within one week I was not smoking any cigarettes and have not had one since.

• Replaced smoking with Vaping and never picked up another cigarette. That was my Goal and even though tough for the first week, it worked.

• I vastly preferred the taste of vaping from my first puff and never got nicotine cravings despite having smoked 2 1/2 packs of cigarettes a day.

• in the process of quiting but it’s hard when everyone around you smokes cigarettes and your only allowed to vape in designated areas alongside other smokers who have no regard for you or the fact your trying to quit

• true

• Quit cigarettes day 1 of vaping.

• Stopped smoking as soon as I started vaping.

• Made the switch from smoking a pack a day to vaping. No more cigarettes from that day forward.

• I told myself I was gonna quit and used my vape instead.

• After the first day I never wanted another cigarette. Absolutely no desire to see, sme

• Gave away 4 fresh packs within a week of stopping.

• After the first day I never wanted another cigarette. Absolutely no desire to see, smell, or taste one.

• The pen wasn’t enough got a mvp and kicked smoking

• Pros & Con’s ???!!!obvious


Question Six: Is vaping in your opinion, a gateway to smoking for anyone?

6 Noted up front, 15 percent said yes. One of the battle cries of many organizations is that vaping is a gateway to smoking. Vapers, who are former smokers with many years experience and should know, say no by 83%. “Other” was a combination of unsure, possibly, maybe and other words & phrases similar and made up 2% of the answer.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• It seems a ludicrous option. I do not know of anyone who transitioned from cigarettes to vaping. YUCK!

• If you’ve tried vaping and you’ve tried a cigarette, there’s just no comparison. I can’t imagine anyone choosing smoking over vaping. Cigarettes are expensive, dangerous (deadly!), smelly, and they make you a social pariah.

• Why would someone want to go from yummy to ash?

• it is possible however very improbable that someone would move on to a more expensive habit that tastes bad and smells so strong . But without ecigs these same people would just go straight to cigarettes. I started smoking when I was 14 and that too was illegal and surly wasn’t influenced by ecig’s.

• I just don’t see it

• I suppose it COULD be, but it also could prevent people from even starting.

• Because people who don’t smoke don’t WANT to vape. Vaping replaces smoking.

• cig taste horrible compared to vaping. no one would ever go from a great flavor to the flavor of a cig

• It taste absolutely nothing like a cigarette. In my opinion, if kids start vaping they may be the same kids that previously would have been teen smokers. No one has to tell me vaping would be preferrable.

• No, if kids want to smoke they will buy cigarettes, vaping is totally different.

• Vaping you aren’t getting all the cardigans, tar, and I can breath better and taste stuff a lot better.

• I’ve never known a vapor that wasn’t an ex smoker.

• Can’t predict everyone’s actions.

• Vaping tastes betting than smoking with less side effects

• I don’t know why it would be? Most use it to quit smoking. Even if someone who didn’t smoke started vaping they would more than likely choose a juice with 0 nicotine. The nic level in juices make the flavors taste different and give a “throat hit” that none smokers probably wouldn’t care for.

• I feel the opposite. After vaping, who would want the nasty taste of a cigarette?

• After vaping, I can’t stand the taste of cigarettes anymore. I doubt anyone would vape and the start smoking.

• Because there is no way that is possible. Having different flavor options creates a negative association with cigarette smoke and the smell and taste of traditional tobacco products.

• Those that want to smoke will do so, regardless of vaping.


Question Seven: Health benefits you’ve noticed since vaping?

7 (You can pick more than one if you like). This one, without splitting the percent within the percent-multiple answers, is very clear. “No” benefits is noted at 2% and that 1% said they HAD health issues they believed were from vaping. That people are being listed on medical charts as a non-smoker on their medical charts is very important, because SOME Doctors acknowledge the difference.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


I added quite a few of the comments left in this section, it is important that these participants had a voice to their experiences with vaping and are just examples of the last few of the hundreds of comments left on this survey.

The testimonies of participants is very powerful in explaining the way they feel.

• overall i feel better

• All positive, no negative effects, like smoking had.

• My asthma has decreased.

• my overall health pysical and mental has greatly iroved

• I’m back to swimming as far underwater as I could at 16

• My skin is clearer and has more colour. My sense of taste and my appetite have improved and I have gained weight. This may not seem like good news for some, but I needed it! 🙂 I am a healthier weight now and not too thin.

• still too early to tell

• As a non smoker, since i began vaping i have noticed a decline in my fitness, and phlegm on my lungs, i can see i would benefit if i was a smoker.

• I have started to notice playing with my children has become much easier because im not out of breath.

• Bronchitis symptoms disappeared within a week of transitioning. My allergies have been virtually nonexistent. And the nicotine helps prevent my migraines without prescription medication.

• I was diagnosed with asthma after smoking for 30 years. I attempted yet again to stop smoking using all of the approved NRT methods and again failed miserably. 6 months after my last cigarette, my doctor confirmed that my asthma is gone. No more inhalers, and I can climb mountains again.

• Many tests confirm health improvement

• About 2 weeks after I started vaping and stopped smoking I felt much better, and I noticed it first in my lung capacity.

• No chest rattles Much better breathing Faster recovery from heavy exertion

• ive began to notice that after vaping for a bit things tastes better. After a cigarette my vape has an off taste that I assumed was the vape itself at first. But after a cigarette one day I decided to brush my teeth for the second time that day and with a cig breath free mouth my vape really shined!

• true

• I can smell.better taste better and just feel.better.

• I chain smoked. Pack – 2 packs a day. Since quitting smoking and now vapor, my breathing is definitely great. No more wheeze, no more cough. Haven’t had bronchitis or cold in almost 3 years. More energy. Even my skin looks better. I now do treadmill 2-3 miles a day. 🙂 I don’t smell like stale smoke. My family will have me around for a long time.

• All around I FEEL 200% better than when I smoked cigarettes and my physical capabilities are like they were 10-15 years ago, rather than being limited like they were at the end of my smoking days.

• Discovered a PG allergy when started vaping

• I play football(soccer) once a week and used to struggle with getting short of breath, I can noticeably go much longer periods in games without the need of a “breather”

• I can breathe! I started bike riding. I can walk, ride, climb a hill, and even hold a conversation while doing so! I feel so liberated!

• While I am enjoying feeling better, such as no smokers cough, returning flavor of foods etc, I worry if I didn’t wait too late to stop. • Improvements in my health across the board.

• Like I said I was in the middle of a lot of medical problems and the told me that smoking cigs slows down the healing process so I talked to my Dr. and he said vaping was much better than smoking.

• Pg….gives me cramps in my legs. I switched to 100% vg..solved it. Nothing big.

• Because they are the ones that fit.

• May not be health benefit, but my sense of smell and taste is stronger than it was before. I’m also less hungry most of the time. • It just is…

• I don’t get out of breath as easily as I used to

• Because it’s true.

• Mainly down to breathing and less lethargic.

• Not yet but I only changed 3 weeks ago.

• Overall health, skin, cardiac and pulmonary systems have improved.

• I felt as smoking no restrictions. But while jogging, I noticed that breathing was better.

• When my roommate quit smoking my asthma (which is exercise induced) was a controlled normal peak flow volume averaging 225 liters per hour at rest, because he was smoking over a pack a day in my presence. When he quit my peak flow volume average increased to 340 liters per hour at rest. When I started vaping my peak flow volume increased again to an average of 455 Liters per hour at rest. I still have asthma, but it’s not exacerbated by being around tobacco smoke every day. All measurements are using a portable peak flow meter, which I use to determine if I’m having an asthma attack and need to medicate. I have not had to use my rescue inhaler at any point since starting vaping other than when I was sick with an upper respiratory infection in which my lungs were infected.

• I had been sick with URIs at least 4 times a year in each of the previous 10 years living with smokers. This last year I’ve only had one cold and it was a sinus infection and not bronchitis as all the others had been. Much better breathing overall. As my asthma is exercise induced I still have asthma, but I can do more even while exercising, than I could when I lived with a smoker instead of a vaper, and when I wasn’t vaping myself.

• I walk a lot at work. I used to get winded very fast. Now I don’t get winded.

• I had asthma and I smoked (stupid I know) after i quit about 3 months I can breath again I have not used my rescue inhaler for a while

• excess of mucus(especially irritable when vaping)

• No unusual side effects since I started vaping.

• Still smoking


Question Eight: What real risk do you believe vaping has on your body?

8 Only 12% think there may be “some”, 11% care and 75% answered less concerned, none and “feel better and don’t care”. These answers come from people with experience with vaping. As with the other questions, some comments are below.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• Absolutely none, and if I catch a cold now, it is by far less all consuming, it does not lead to brochitis and worse, lingering on for weeks. A common cold lasts a few days at most.

• I want more studies!

• Harm reduction

• I vape at high power on custard based flavours. As far as I’m aware, diacityl is the only concern I have.

• I’m sure it’s way less dangerous than smoking, but long-term studies are needed and will be done in years to come.

• I feel so much better! My house and my car and I don’t stink! My lungs are clearing up and I have not gained a bunch of weight like I did when I quit before. I’m not coughing and hacking up gunk anymore….

• I just had a surgery and past plus oxygen level stay above 98% and was vaping while was recovering in the hospital

• Could still lead do cardiovascular issues if the person has underlying conditions due to the nicotine content

• i would like to know the truth

• I dont feel like i used to get headaches all the time and i can breath.

• If studies were published by the vape community, that tested the concentrates used and found that in a real world application specific flavors or the base fluids have a negative impact on your health, and the specific conditions under which they become harmful, I would make an effort to avoid using those products.

• I think that any risk associated with vaping will come from the flavorings used. More testing is needed.

• Comparing with tobacco I really feel much better vaping than smoking. I can´t say vaping has no real risk on my body because It means I have all the information about the effects of vaping on the future and that is not true.

• still recieving Nic.. but when i am at omg will continue to vape because i enjoy it

• At my age and Positive results well out weigh using Tobacco products. Vaping may not be 100% safe or healthy but little in life is. Those seeking perfection are seeking extinction without realization.

• Current science shows vaping as having nearly negligible risk. I’ve always vaped low power, no diketone juice and am now using temperature control which I feel reduces risk even more.

• true

• Not worried.

• I know by how I feel and how much I vape that I am so much better. I feel like this has given me more quality of life and a longer life too. I don’t require it as much as I did when I chain smoked.

• Very little concern but I DO watch studies and I’m certainly open to the possibilities that vaping is not 100% safe. However, I will be shocked if vaping isn’t proven DRAMATICALLY safer than smoking cigarettes.

• I actively support research that helps us understand how we can continue to reduce risks.

• The long-term effects aren’t known yet. I pray there aren’t any. Regardless, I know how vaping makes me feel as opposed to smoking. I don’t believe e-cigs are 100% harmless, but I KNOW they’re a damn sight less harmful than cigarettes.


Question Nine: Government regulations you would like to see.

9 Obviously 18+ is a concern to the vaping community. Childproof caps and liquid safety as well. 1% said they’d like to see bans like cigarettes. Zero % say they want to see a tax.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• Dangers for me seem to be impurities, battery fires and explosions venting i think vapestore staff should be more careul or provide information to less experienced vapours wishing to jump straight into sub ohming n super subohming without expeience and i think cildproof caps are ridiculous vapers soud know how to store liquid safely and definatly no sales to minors

• Quality control, Age restriction and child safety are what I want to see enforced

• As nicotine is a poison the public should be aware to keep this away from children! We don’t want to glorify it in front of them, we just want to live longer to enjoy them (the children)

• I should clarify that I would have absolutely no objection to minor sale bans or childproof caps either, it’s just that it’s not something I would explicitly “like” to see (as your question is phrased) since I have no children to worry about personally. The one other thing I would say, regarding childproof caps, is that there’s a danger they will give some vapers a false sense of security (they also won’t protect pets). The best idea, in my opinion, is to simply keep all of your gear out of the reach of children and pets – whether you believe it’s safely “confined” or not. I’ve never understood why some people seem to find this so very difficult.

• Based on the impact Government has on every single element that it touches in that Government regulations typically create inflated prices, regulations that are NOT always based in unbiased, informed realism and generally mass confusion with insane lobbying practices from various special interest groups, I see absolutely no good nor beneficial reason why Government should be involved with vaping. The arguments I have heard from soundbites and read in articles quoting members of Congress are so far out of touch with reality that I shudder to think anyone in Government believes they are qualified to make decisions about the vaping industry.

• its an industry that needs regulation. for the sake of safety

• I do think some regulations are fine but not to the extent they r trying to take it.

• Well, normally when Goverment regulate something it becomes more expensive and not necessary better. But it would be helpful a way to be sure that batteries, liquids..etc are safe and with good quality (I don´t know if Goverment can guarantee that). About sales, I think is good 18- can´t get access to products containing nicotine.

• Minimal Invasion. I see No need for Vapors to bear Sin tax due to BT tax losses. Government thievery! Child proof caps okay but then will come regulation on each and every available piece of equipment. Unacceptable to have a hand full of people dictating the lives of millions.

• The government fails to even keep food safe and the FDA has proven itself to be nothing more than a taxpayer supported handmaiden to big pharma and corporate profits for health care. Worse than useless.

• true

• I don’t want them controlling most stuff it will take away freedom of it.

• I think the vaping community does a very good job self regulating. I do not buy vaping supplies from an unknown source. I research through internet, people and forums.

• I want nicotine kept away from kids until they are 18 but, by-in-large, I think self regulation has been doing a terrific job. I don’t see a real need for federal regulation but I do think it’s inevitable. In today’s world it’s really unthinkable to have the US government allow any industry to self-regulate.

• statutory warnings on sub ohm vaping devices. manufactured devices don’t always contain info on battery safety. they should be required to do this by law.


Question Ten: What other methods did you try that didn’t work to stop smoking before you stopped with vaping?

(More than one could be chosen)

10 What didn’t work? Well. See the results. The struggle to stop smoking has been around since the adverse effects have been felt. Overwhelmingly, cold turkey was number one in the total answes, but Nicotine Reduction Therapy like the “patch” & gum were included in this survey and were the highest chosen. The most advertised forms of “FDA” approved ways to stop smoking with other products INCLUDING prescription drugs are overwhelmingly ineffective and NOT helping smokers quit like vaping does according to participants.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


(Author note: Again, to help others considering using vaping as an alternative, there are plenty of answers below to guide you in making your decision) Vapers have a voice.

• I was going crazy with Champix. My wife told me to stop taking them!!!

• All of these methods failed. • I really wanted to give up cigs but felt helpless till vaping

• I never wanted to quit until that day.

• I did once stop smoking after hypnosis. It DID work. I stopped for over a year and felt fine – not fighting cravings, just fine. But after a year I was at a party, had been drinking and had a stupid “Oh, I’ll just have one cigarette” moment and subsequently relapsed. But this was entirely my own stupidity, I was reckless and paid the price.

• I tried hypnosis again with a different practitioner many years later. This time I didn’t stop smoking but afterwards I decided to stop smoking in my flat and either went outside or smoked out of the window. I kept this up for years. I felt that this was a partial success of the hypnosis and I only had one session. At the time I felt that if I could have had more sessions it might well have worked, but I couldn’t afford it. I found hypnosis good overall and wouldn’t discount it as a helpful tool for stopping smoking.

• these things worked temporarily

• None of them worked at all

• Nothing worked until I discovered vaping!

• Hypnotherapy, worked for me first time, not smoked since

• The drugs made me psycho and i still purchased packs of cigs with the patch then i only went three days cold tyrkey before i lost it.

• The patch caused skin irritation and nughtmares. The gum caused digestive issues. Cold turkey worked for a short time because I was pregnant. And Chantix caused horrible nausea and nightmares.

• None. The time I´ve been no smoking was without any ot these methods, just awareness and a bag of sweets.

• I tried a bunch and it just didnt work..

• Fail Fail Fail

• true

• None of it worked because I didn’t have an alternative that was going to help. Most smokers it’s just the habits of smoking.

• Chantix was awful. It messed with how I felt and caused anxiety. Gum def didn’t work. Patch burned my skin, gave me super weird dreams. Vaping, has had no negative side effects.

• when I originally stopped smoking I successfully used nicotine patches but it was really tough and took months. when I have an issue with my vape or run out of eliquid etc the cravings aren’t nearly as bad as I remember cig cravings to be. I think it would be a lot easier to stop vaping than stop smoking tobacco.

• I vape to enjoy dessert without actually eating dessert therefore I dont take in unwanted calories. And since I started vaping I can laugh without going into a coughing fit my breathing has improved.

• I didn’t try acupuncture but I did try auriculotherapy. Zyban worked the best, but after 18 months quit I started again and was up to a pack-a-day again within three days… as if I’d never quit! None of the other methods I tried worked for more than a few days at most. You have to want to quit SO badly and have some serious willpower and motivation… otherwise, nothing will be effective. Vaping replaces not only the nicotine, but the hand-to-mouth action. That was critical to my success.

• Use 0 nic to help weight loss.

• Only vaping worked ,satisfied my urge

• Still on the drug Zyban (Wellbutrin)

• The patch at any strength was delivering too high nicotine level, therefore, nausea. Zyban helped me cut back, but only for a week or two. I quit cold turkey with all 3 pregnancies because it made me sick. I quit cold turkey for 6 years once didn’t stick.

• None of them worked!

• Nothing else worked.

• I had never tried to quit before.

• Tried all the above nothing worked vapeing has helped me put down the cigarettes

• I didnt really intend on quitting…we went into a vape shop on a whim…and when we tried it, we decided it would be a great way to save some money as ciggs were getting expensive.


Question Eleven: Bonus troll question/comment.

11 This was the “Troll” question. If there were any people against vaping taking this survey, I noticed only a few “odd” answers, and they were not taken out. In total, I’ll give a 1% possibility that a few tobacco / anti-tobacco or public health officials had nothing better to do than take this survey to try to “hurt” the outcome. I did this survey as an amateur, but did put a “little” thought into it.  It is completely noted that “Vaping Doesn’t Work” was chosen by 20 people with this survey, “I still crave cigarettes” was at 1%.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• I wish vaping had been around 30 years sooner, my Mother could have had a longer life.

• I do get sick of people telling me there is antifreeze in my juice or 10x amount of formaldehyde its just igorant

• I feel like this is working and will continue to work

• Vaping saved my life!

• But when I do, I just vape!

• i gave up smoking 8 years ago

• It works and i think more science needs to come out before people start making conclusions.

• Anyone I know who smokes and shows an interest in quitting, I recommend vaping to.

• For me and until now (about 1 year) it is really working.

• went from smoking 2packs a day to smoking sometimes 5 cigs a week or less

• If this worked for me it can work for just about anyone, with a little discipline and help.

• I have had no desire for a cigarette since I started vaping.

• true

• Cigarettes are nasty to me now

• There were many times if I didn’t have e cigarette, I know I would have picked up a cigarette. It works and is positive life changing way to quit.

• Vaping gives me nicotine and seems to satisfy my oral cravings.

• Vaping works as a smoking cessation product as well as a smoking substitute. How well it works, like any other product, depends on the willingness and determination of the individual.

• I have no desire to try tobacco and would never consider it in the event of having no vaping products available. I have bought stopgap vaping products instead of tobacco when I had problems with equipment. I am getting into rebuildable products in case there is European legislation limiting availability of products. they can’t ban wire and mesh. next step is mixing my own liquids in case they limit what can be sold. I don’t want to buy sealed carts of fixed strength nicotine.

• vaping works if you want it to work. sometimes you start off with the vape pens and it works for awhile and then most people either go back to cigarettes or upgrade to better mods. i tried the pens for awhile and they worked for awhile, then i went back to cigarettes. then i got better mods and quit cigarettes all together

• Unless my government makes it impossible for small businesses to manufacture and sell equipment and e-liquid, I will never go back to smoking. I can breathe, I don’t stink, I don’t feel self-conscious, I don’t feel like I’m doing something wrong, I don’t feel like an outcast, I don’t annoy or disgust people by subjecting them to smoke or the smell that used to hang on me, my clothes, and my car. I could go on and on and on…

• Vaping is the best way to assist in quitting smoking unless cold turkey that’s the best I enjoy vaping

• Because now, I have a chance to live. Before I didn’t!

• I’m done with cigarettes!

• I do believe vaping works better than other methods, but you still have to have a strong desire to quit.

• My sense of taste and smell have improved to the point where I can tell a smoker from a non smoker from 6′ away. I can not believe I smelled like that for 20+ years and no one said a thing. It smells so bad, there is no way I would put my loved ones through that again.

• I just enjoy vaping. And I’m not an ‘I’ve gotta have that new mod/atty’ kind of person, so it saves me money

• I am a firm believer that vaping will help people quit smoking and be healthier

• BECAUSE IT’S TRUE!

• It works PERIOD

• Maybe if someone offered me the world’s most expensive cigar. But then again I can just make ejuice out of it.


Question Twelve: Age Group.

12 The age group each participant said they were in! Noted that 34 people said they were under 18, not condoned.

Most answered why they chose this answer as “because that’s how old I am” or math. 


Question 13: Flavors.

13 Along with children wanting to use e-cigs, flavors is their reason they say these are dangerous. Vapers WANT flavors. Flavors are very important. In the age group above, these people chose flavors at an extremely high rate, showing they want to stay away from the 4% who use tobacco flavor only. Really, it’s getting AWAY from tobacco and it’s taste.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• as they say “variety is the spice of life”

• I like sweet flavors!

• I work for a small juice company so i like to check out co,petition plus olfactory fatigue (vapers tongue) its est to rotate flavours

• I have two firm favourite flavours, but try others too.

• I started out with tobacco flavor only for the first couple months

• I like fruity flavors.

• I usually stick to a few different flavors but I always try more.

• curious

• I mix my own e-juices, and I’m always coming up with some new flavor.

• I mix my own now..

• I have 4 tanks I rotate through each day with different flavors. Some sort of cream in the morning, fruity during the day, dessert-style in the evening, and menthol before bed.

• DIY!!! I Love experimenting I Love Flavors I love CHOICE I swap flavors 10+ times a day Variety is what Works for me. Note: I use NO tobacco Flavors and will not accept such nonsense in Regulation! •

My tastebuds bore quickly with the same flavor so I enjoy changing flavors frequently throughout the day.

• I’m still relatively new to vaping and there are some many wonderful flavors out there from reputable companies I’ve yet to try

• true

• Love multiple flavors

• I found one e liquid that works for me. Not everyone sticks to one flavor. What works for one person is not what will work for another. Flavors are important for this reason.

• Experimenting with different flavors is half the fun!

• I dislike tobacco flavours.

• although i ve got a couple of juices i like best and i vape all the time i tend to try something different from time to time • I am DIY

• I never smoked therefore I vape zero nicotine and enjoy the flavor of sweets and dessert without the calories for me its worked wonderfully in helping me lose weight and keep it off!

• Blackberry is my favorite!

•Mainly dessert and fruit but I try lots of flavors in those categories.

• But my favorite is van. Custard 6 mg.

• Many, many different flavors.

• i love all the different fruits


Question Fourteen: Since becoming a vaper I am concerned about:

14 THE number one answer? False studies & reports via the media is the biggest concern. They’re all concerns. Part of the responsibility of this survey is for you to SEE what vapers SAY about vaping. Make an informed decision. LOOK for some real answers. There will be a few links at the end of this report to add to the 72 countries and over 7000 participants words for it.

Please help us understand why you selected this answer:


• just a worry wart

• That vaping is being scape-goated for the money made by Master Settlement Agreement, which is based on questionable science re: secondhand smoke from combustible cigarettes.

• How about an actual unbiased study where on vaping scientists actually conduct realistic studies ratherthan dry burning ce5’s at 5 volts

• i would like to know the harm i am doing to myself

• I want for all the negative news not true to stop and the government to stop pushing so much regulation.

• I selected all because I am convinced that in this like in many other things money is the most important factor.

• I am Concerned there is an Agenda out there that has more to do with LOOKS LIKE than anything else.

• In my view powerful monied interests are fighting as hard as they can to hang onto their ill-gotten gains by doing everything they can to keep smokers from using an effective method of quitting.

• true

• I don’t want them to take.away my freedom of it.

• While I DO think there’s plenty of bad studies and anti-vaping propaganda out there, I think the vaping community is totally unwilling to consider the possibilities that there are risks associated with vaping. It’s as if some vapers believe that vaping is akin to some health food. Simply being “better” than smoking (which I believe it is) DOES NOT make it “good” for you – a concept that seems to be lost on many in the vaping community.

• Illogical decisions made/championed by biased/uninformed people. Many institutions I used to trust are now revealed as manipulative self-interested and disingenuous about their stated motives.

• Local and state governments have stated loss of tax revenues as one of their biggest (I’d bet THE biggest) reason they want to control or outright ban e-cigarettes. Pharmaceutical companies want the same because their ineffective quit smoking aids won’t be needed and their expensive medications that treat all the ailments caused by smoking won’t be needed. Tobacco companies want the same restrictions on e-cigs and on cigarettes – i.e., taxes, no flavors – because they’re already losing money to vapers.

• Like to know health risk

• Unrealistic studies are scaring new vapers and discouraging smokers from trying vaping to stop smoking. Scare tactics started by tobacco companies who are losing a fortune by losing smokers. I would stop vaping altogether before I bought cigalikes made by tobacco companies who have lied to people for decades.

• See comments on other line

• Big tobacco doesnt like it, they are losing a lot of their profits from vapers..

• Self explanatory.

• The media is suddenly releasing tons of information to the general public with bunk reports about the chemicals involved in vaping. They are not giving full facts that e-cigs and vaping are two totally different things. Nor are they releasing all the facts related to their studies, such as the “gross amounts of formaldehyde” that is released being from a dry hit at a temperature that none of us would use for way longer than the button would even stay on!

• Hype hurts. If there IS something wrong, we’ll hear about.

• These are real issues.

• Far too much false science and others with a different agenda.

• I’m concerned about misinformation ( the tobacco industry has lots of money for lobbying )

• Pretty much sums it up Media can kill it without full knowledge Pretty much each vaper finds a person who wants t quit smoking and helps them convert on a daily basis.

• The pharmaceutical and tobacco industries fear vaping because it draws money away from their accounts.

• Too many people will give bad information via word of mouth, or will try to talk other people into gear they don’t need simply because they feel everyone should have the same experience they do. To-each-their-own.

• All of the above most studies that have proven vape is not bad for you have come from other countries and most coming out of the states have been using false claims or biased research ( yea we noticed )

• Las farmacéuticas necesitan fumadores que enfermen y se conviertan en consumidores crónicos de sus productos , las farmacéuticas ganan dinero con sus parches que no sirven para nada , las tabaqueras no quieren perder su cuota de mercado y los políticos en España no valoran la salud de las personas , solo el dinero que pueden ganar , el cigarrillo electrónico supone uno de los mayores avances en la ayuda para superar la drogadicción del tabaco , su mayor dificultad consiste en que no enriquece a los que han ganado dinero con la venta de tabaco y han hecho negocio con la enfermedad de los fumadores, cada día mueren miles de fumadores , pero no enferman los vapeadores , el citado electrónico CURA

• I used to read that smoking cost the NHS too much. Now surely that has to be a good thing, unless they lied and don’t want to lose the revenue on smoking.

• I don’t have a problem with real regulations and even taxation if it helps provide solid science in understanding the long term health impacts and limiting unsafe ingredients (popcorn lung from diacetyl, for example)

• Those are the main issues that concern me.

• I think that if the government or pharmaceutical controlled vaping they would completely do away with it. I think that other smokers should have the choice to switch to vaping to try and stop smoking telling them lies is just a bunch of scare tactics that would not help save lives.


Question 15:

Any other comments? Suggestions? Thanks for taking this survey!

These were the last six left on #15 of over 700.


• Saw your survey on “Ma cigarette.com” Excuse my English, I’m French speaking

• I am so thankful for vaping. My clothes & fingers don’t smell like cigarettes anymore. I’m not risking my family’s health with second hand smoke. I spend so much less money. I love making my own juice I know exactly whats in it. Vape on!!

• Vaping has saved my life.

• Thanks for asking 🙂 I hope some of my answers weren’t too long. It’s great to be able to tell my vaping experiences.

• For once I have some control over this addiction to cigarettes for the first time since I was 10 years old. At 37 I do not appreciate the Government attempting to intervene in the name of safety, health or any other reason when I believe in my heart Government is only acting on behalf of the people who stand to lose money if vaping replaces smoking and medical smoking cessation products (pharmaceutical companies and big tobacco). I believe the public is being lied to and over-medicated. Government can spend my tax money on far better things than regulating yet another industry. The disinfo surrounding vaping is scary, and even more frightening is how fast this disinfo was put out to the media, spread to the four corners of the country and picked up by the most absorbent of the easily-swayed population. New regulations are more and more looking like another way for Government to legislate morality and keep the money machine working in favor of the giant corporations. It makes me so very sad and angry.

• I tried patches, gum, chantix, we’ll but in & cold turkey. Nothing made me quit smoking until I discovered vaping. I feel so much healthier l. I don’t cough anymore or cough up nasty phlegm. I don’t get short of breath. I feel like I can breath. I smell and taste so much better. Best of all, I don’t stunk like an ashtray anymore. Vaping saved my life!



When I started this survey, I had no “plan”. I had no experience, I had no contacts. I wasn’t in any facebook groups. I wasn’t active in vaping forums. The results above are what they are. The truth about vaping, from vapers. Here’s some fun facts & links to others who I’ve met along the way.


Here are the countries who participated in the “Vaping Truth Survey”

Please note, although the United States was the top in participants at 2,447, the rest of the WORLD was the remainder of participants at 4,791!

Final: United States 2,447 34%

United Kingdom 984 14%

Germany 684 9%

Canada 409 6%

France 291 4%

Poland 263 4%

Australia 242 3%

Spain 238 3%

Netherlands 226 3%

Finland 191 3%

Norway 186 3%

Unknown 141 2%

Hungary 123 2%

Portugal 119 2%

Sweden 75 1%

Austria 75 1%

Romania 66 1%

Denmark 63 1%

South Africa 59 1%

Belgium 40 1%

Cyprus 36 <1%

Switzerland 29 <1%

Ireland 26 <1%

Italy 25 <1%

Greece 24 <1%

Thailand 17 <1%

Luxembourg 13 <1%

Iceland 10 <1%

Puerto Rico 10 <1%

Brazil 9 <1%

Czech Republic 9 <1%

Argentina 9 <1%

Slovenia 8 <1%

New Zealand 7 <1%

Mexico 7 <1%

Philippines 6 <1%

Croatia 6 <1%

Japan 6 <1%

Morocco 5 <1%

Israel 4 <1%

Taiwan 3 <1%

Singapore 3 <1%

Malaysia 3 <1%

Colombia 3 <1%

Latvia 2 <1%

Peru 2 <1%

Zimbabwe 2 <1%

Unknown 2 <1%

Jamaica 2 <1%

Chile 2 <1%

Estonia 2 <1%

Ecuador 2 <1%

Guam 2 <1%

Panama 1 <1%

Martinique 1 <1%

Reunion 1 <1%

Sri Lanka 1 <1%

Turkey 1 <1%

Trinidad and Tobago 1 <1%

Kuwait 1 <1%

Solomon Islands 1 <1%

Russia 1 <1%

Unknown 1 <1%

Egypt 1 <1%

Bulgaria 1 <1%

Afghanistan 1 <1%

Gibraltar 1 <1%

Guadeloupe 1 <1%

India 1 <1%

Indonesia 1 <1%

Honduras 1 <1%

Kenya 1 <1%


The vapers.org.uk organization was instrumental in going worldwide. They introduced the survey to their audience. I don’t remember how it came across my eye, but I saw they had it on their site, and this is the post, and my response Posted on 27th December 2014 by Alan Beard (Thank you, Alan!)

Here was what I posted and they published: My letter to Vapers.org.uk


With the UK promoting it, (thank you!) the introduction to EVUN was next: EVUN – European Vapers United Network, who inspired me to add the translator.

That brought real worldwide participation from 72 countries. Hazel Mamamia, ( Thank you, Hazel! ) for inspiring that and ME!!!


In a few comments, there was the word “anecdotal”. Others had mentioned that it was “biased”. Well, yes, yes it was. Quickly, an article came streaming across my eye and gave me more hope! (Thank you, Norbert!) Beneficial Bias


Finally, again, Twitter & Facebook were the ultimate two pushing from individuals to forums, groups, pages and much more than I’m probably ever going to find or be aware of.

The truest form of positive interaction in vaping is sharing information. Continue to do that within your networks of fellow vapers! We should all be very proud of these results.


So you know:

E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

And here : ecigalternative.com

Research links via Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos and team. Dr, Farsalinos is on Twitter: @FarsalinosK

M.O.V.E: Medical Organizations Supporting Vaping & Electronic Cigarettes: M.O.V.E.

E-cigarettes, vaping and public health:  A summary for policy-makers by Clive Bates: vapebriefing


Vaping The Truth By Kellie Forbes BScN RN, Member of the above mentioned organization  M.O.V.E.

has prepared an IN DEPTH look at tobacco harm reduction.

Vaping The Truth USA version



Thank you again to Twitter & Facebook friends, you know who you are! A few of you behind the scenes who have supported me and helped me learn things along the way are SO appreciated!

Those wishing to remain anonymous are awesome. You ALL have done the world a service by helping this take on a life of its own. WE should be proud of the answers from this survey.

The answers above are not really a complete surprise to any of us who vape, but an eye opening visual interpretation of what vaping IS. No fluff. Our Voices.

The Vaping Truth. If one person realizes or understands the weight in this, it has done its job.

 



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