Weekend has come and gone and I haven't been able to get this off my mind. Spent most of Sunday researching info on vaping. Is it safe? Truely? What was my argument going to be? There really isn't a hell of a lot I could do ... is there? This was probably just going to be swept under the carpet and that would be the end of it.
Monday I get an email from the health and safety committee. They have assigned an 'impartial' mediator to 'investigate'. WOW! This is way more than I had anticipated! Whom had they assigned? I didn't recognize this persons name.
I started asking around. Turns out this is the president of the local Anti-Smoking Coalition. Great He has two parents who have died from smoking related illnesses. Ouch. But this could be good. Don't get me wrong. There is nothing 'good' about losing a loved one for any reason but perhaps this person would see that vaping is a way to curb ... even stop the evils associated with analogs. Maybe he could be the champion that is needed to push this further?
Who am I kidding? Less than 2000 people have signed an online petition in Canada, less than 14,000 in the USA and less than 6000 in the UK! Hell more than 8,800 people signed a petition to keep a local farm open!
I started this, I won't be deterred. The investigator sent me an email an asked me what the product names I use for my tools and liquids so they he could do some initial research.
Here is my bumbling response;
I use one of two 'tools' or what are normally referred to as personal vaping devices (PV's for short).
The Boge Revolution V2 and the Maxi Roughstack V2
I currently mix my own liquids with the finest quality organic materials. There are three compounds (NOT CHEMICALS!) in my e-juice.
1) Propylene Glycol and/or Vegetable Glycerin
2) Food Grade Essences
3) Liquid Nicotine Base
All three liquid bases are common food additives used in a variety of pharmaceutical formulations. Propylene glycol, the current dominating liquid base, has been utilized in asthma inhalers and nebulizers since the 1950s, and because of its water-retaining properties, is the compound of choice for delivering atomized medication. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes propylene glycol on its list of substances Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), and it meets the requirements of acceptable compounds within Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
In fact the vapour (it is NOT smoke) from a vaporizer is no different than the steam emitted from your tea or coffee in the morning and is no more harmful than either of these.
None of these substances are carcinogenic. Nicotine is not a carcinogenic substance. It's all the other chemicals that are emitted from tobacco cigarettes when burned that are harmful to us. That's what I need to get away from. Health Canada's ban is not on the 'tools' it's the nicotine. Health Canada's ban is not supported by any scientific data and instead of classifying e-juice as a tobacco product, it has categorized it as a drug making it impossible for anyone but big-pharma to be able to afford the costs of bringing it to market through the regulatory process. Why would they? They would rather feed smokers Champix with side effect warnings that there is a risk of suicide while taking these 'drugs'. Furthermore, what is the interest of big-pharma in marketing a NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) that you can essentially make from products found at your local bakery.
''The absence of effective harm reduction options for smokers is perverse, unjust, and acts against the rights and best interests of smokers and the public health.'' -- Britton J, Edwards R. Tobacco smoking, harm reduction, and nicotine product regulation. Lancet 2008;371:441-5.
There are many peer reviewed scientific research documents available on the internet that detailed the safety of vaporizing and the health phenomenal benefits over smoking.
Even Anti-smoking organizations have come out in strong support of e-cigarettes as an acceptable alternative to smoking.
Professor Carl Philips University of Alberta.
I'd be happy to assist in their investigation.
Wonder what kind of response I'm going to get? Probably something like "Health Canada states that ......."
I ain't dead yet! there is still a thin hair of hope to keeping this alive.
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