As people started to look for a healthy alternative to traditional tobacco products that had long been thought to be a primary cause of many forms of fatal cancer, aside from turning to eating your greens and downing fresh orange juice every day, many started to look for the cleaner version of a nicotine hit. People were generally trying to avoid kicking the habit by going cold turkey, and instead, simply looking for a replacement with less health risks. This led to the development of the E-Cigarette. First patented in the 1930s and becoming wide-spread in the 80s and 90s, a time when you could still light up on airlines.
During 2009, the FDA banned e-cigs and labeled them as “unapproved drug delivery devices”, most probably because they were funded by big tobacco companies who made more money from selling their cancer sticks. In Hong Kong, you could even face up to 2 years in prison for possession of an e-cig.
Suspiciously, this attempt at banning something that should have been healthier seemed like a ploy by big pharma and tobacco companies to develop their own products, high profitable taxable products to replace the declining demand for a pack or Reds. A year later, the first UK VapeFest was held which was then followed by a report that electronic cigarettes are a promising tool to help smokers quit, producing six-month abstinence rates that are better than those for traditional nicotine replacement products, handy.
Going into 2010 and onwards saw a rise in new vaping devices, and vaping shops across the USA, UK and Europe. In the UK alone there are now over 130 register vaping retailers selling a huge range of vaping devices and products. People have been convinced for years that E-Liquids are safe and void of harmful products, despite many of the products come with a warning label and skull hazard stickers. The companies also sell their products to the EU market.
In recent weeks, the USA has started to report a mysterious respiratory illness that has now claimed its second life, whilst also leaving over 200 people in hospital, some in critical condition and unable to breathe using their own lungs.
Earlier this morning, CNN reported that a teen who died from the mysterious illness could have been killed as a result of vaping. "We don't yet know the exact cause of these illnesses -- whether they're caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself," Dr. Ann Thomas, public health physician at Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, said in a statement. There are now at least 215 possible cases in 25 states of severe lung disease that could be caused by vaping.
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