An interesting exchange (very friendly) on Twitter has caused me to brain dump... Sorry, but here goes...
Ecigs, kids, nicotine...
Apparently, kidz using Ecigs is a "bad thing™" . I know this, because people who oppose Ecigs (and generally claim to oppose smoking) keep telling us this. They have various reasons, nearly all of which distil down to "theeenk of da cheeeeeldrens". I don't quite know what means, if I'm truthful. Indeed, I'm often prompted to think that if you DO theeeeenk too much of da cheeeeeldrens, there's a cell in Frankland Prison with your name on it.
Anyroadup, there was a study published lately (no, I don't do the link thing. Google it) that posits the notion that yoofs are quite taken by Vape tricks and hoopy technology. They kinda like the idea of blowing Os and jellyfish, and showing off their post-punk steampunk slamdunk mods. But they don't, ever, have any nicotine in their juice (which is generally as thick as a bull's lug, or an ANTZ researcher - your choice). Lemme say that again. NO NICOTINE. Zero, Nada, none, a number infinitesimally smaller than 0.00001. So, their risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, and therefore traveling the dark path towards lit tobacco is precisely, accurately and unarguably ZERO.
And here's the thing. If they're doing tricks and blowing Os (presumably to attract the attentions of the femal of the species (other genders, it seems, are also available. I can't pretend to know them all, but I'm reliably informed that, in some corner of a snowflake's mind, they exist), then they're not smoking. You know, like we oldies used to do. Adopt James Dean pose, spark up the Marley (with a Zippo, nanchanlantly wiped across the jeans leg, or top flipped and striker struck in a single movement. I've busted more thumbnails that way...), exhale blue plume, girls come flocking. Always worked. Always. Except for the last bit. The bit about the girls. They never flocked. Unless they wanted to bum a fag off you. (Do I need to rephrase that? "Bum a fag"? Nah)
Yes. Right. They're NOT SMOKING. And they're highly unlikely to START smoking. All the stats tell us that. Common sense tells us that. Hell, even the kidz tell us that. Anybody saying different is a disingenuous uneducated denialist trumpspunket (Did I spell that right? Maybe not).
On Sunday night, Anne McNeil in Michael Moseley's documentary on Ecigs, said that if every adult in the UK's population took up vaping there'd still be a public health dividend. And she's not alone in saying that. John Britton's said it. So has Clive Bates. And me. Frequently. Because it's true. Anybody saying different is a disingenuous uneducated denialist trumpspunket (Did I still not spell that right? Maybe so).
And that's with "added nicotine™". So WITHOUT nicotine, who actually verifiably gives a rat's nether regions? I'm "theeenking of da cheeeeeldrens ™". If they're blowing nicotine free Os, then they're not smoking, they're not trying to skateboard down an escalator handrail in King's Cross, they're not BASE jumping, they're not riding their BMX bikes off roofs, they're not doing that parcours thing and falling off The Shard, or over a three foot wall this side with a 100 foot drop on the other.
If I may put it this way...