I recently got in a debate with some veterans, ECF moderators, and CASAA activists about nicotine and the effects on the human body in the long term. I was received quite coldly, to be honest, but that doesn't stop my from my mission. Nicotine is a very toxic substance, and despite everyone here wanting to live in a happy land of rainbows and butterflies, I have done a bit of preliminary research and personally found that, in the long term, it can lead to your early demise - despite what I've read here at the ECF telling me that "it's as safe as a caffeine habit". This concerns me and I do believe that it merits a realistic discussion. Science hasn't proven much in this field of vaping, because it is so new, but I personally believe that EVERY doctor in the world will tell you that a non-smoker is healthier than a vaper 100 times out of 100. Nicotine, nay ANY addiction (be it legal or not), is a very serious matter that must be addressed if we are to live healthy lives. This thread is designed to do just that - address the issues that go with nicotine addiction, be they good or ill. Please, be kind to one another and do just that; discuss. Please do not accuse or attack.
It was our original quest to quit smoking. We saw vaping as a tool to do that. Once we found out how easy it was it does not mean that our quest is over. After all, at the end of the day, we are here to lower our chances of getting cancer as much as possible despite the damage we have already done. I believe that this does not give us a license to vape ad infinitum carefree of the worries that nicotine is somehow a healthy substance to intake long term despite it being labeled a toxic substance of the highest order. I am creating this thread to open a realistic discussion on the effects of vaping whether what it may contain is what you want to hear, or not. I realize that this may be a hot topic, but I encourage each of you to respect each other and please provide only facts as you have found them. Please refrain from Ad Hominem attacks on each other and simply discuss what your OPINION is on this subject. Please back up this opinion with as much science as possible. Let the debate begin.
A plea to the moderators, CASAA activists, website founders: Please recognize that this conversation must occur in a civil manner and I humbly request that you do not close this thread because it is somewhat controversial. I realize that people don't want to hear that the choices that they made may not have been perfect. I also recognize that sometimes we need to "pull off the bandaid, eat our peas" - President Barack Obama. This thread is for science. Please do not close it on account of it not being the answer that "we all want to hear". Thank you.