The truth about e-cigarettes begins to emerge

“As we’re getting better and better understanding of the chemistry of these things, they’re looking worse and worse.”

— Stanton Glantz, director of UCSF’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and a co-author of a new study on e-cigarettes.

A local business woman asked me to write about her aggressive opening of “vape” stores. I obliged with reservations. While admiring her entreprenurial spirit, I remain boggled by the very existence of Big Tobacco and its legal genocide. I certainly do not want to be complicit if e-cigarettes kill people.

But there were no studies evaluating their health effects. Now there’s at least one, reports the SF Chron.

“A growing body of research shows that people who take up e-cigarettes aren’t necessarily giving up conventional cigarettes, and on top of that, the devices are being heavily marketed to young people, creating a potential new market for the nicotine and tobacco industry,” the story reports.

As to the “harm reduction” theory — the idea that e-cigarettes, while unhealthy, are a lot less unheathy than cigarettes, a researcher said, “You can be a lot less bad as a cigarette and still be pretty bad.”

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