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posted: 9/5/2014 1:01 AM

Editorial missed facts on vaping

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Your Opinion on Aug. 29 29, should have been called "Far from Facts" rather than "Far from harmless."

The article provided absolutely no hard evidence of any danger from the use of e-cigarettes. Quite the contrary, this article spread what is known as "Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt" or FUD for short. FUD was a tactic IBM used in the 60s and 70s to get company executives to buy their products instead of a competitor's without actually lying.

Comparing smoking tobacco to vaping is like comparing apples to oranges or more accurately a bonfire to a vaporizer. While it is important to keep nicotine out of the hands of children, you neglected to mention that the e-liquid comes in varying amounts of nicotine, including zero.

In my opinion, the reason that the government and agencies funded by the government are spreading FUD about vaping, is that they have nothing in place to tax it.

Let's face it, if people are allowed to vape in public, more smokers will be enticed to switch over. If that happens, tobacco use will drop and one of the governments bigger tax cash cows will begin to disappear.

How sad it is that the media helps them accomplish their goal without having any hard evidence to support their innuendos. Here are some facts;

1. Three people in my household, myself included, have given up tobacco use for vaping. A fourth is working on it.

2. I use e-liquid with 0 percent nicotine. That's none, nada.

3. I feel better. My lungs are clear and I'm not coughing any more.

4. My primary care doctor, cardiologist, neurologist, and vascular surgeon raised no concern with me vaping rather than smoking.

Perhaps it would be more advantageous for you not to jump on a bandwagon without having concrete proof.

Terry Tallian

Wood Dale