When I look at the arguments against vaping, I see the same arguments that I see when it comes to other forms of legalization. What's the issue? The right to use something that is not only helpful, but is an alternative to pharmaceuticals or those things that would cause more side effects when taken legally. It's almost as if something is an "alternative" it must be bad. Now with education, and the realization is it not such a bad thing after all, it's not so alternative.
But what about is this thing about electronic cigarettes and this vaping thing that has been discussed in the news? Why do we have to care about them?
Well, let's consider some news that is popped up within the vaping and e-cigarette community as of late, with cities wanting to ban the vaping and the use of e-cigs because of studies they have read about "toxicity" and the possibility of them being marketed and having an influence on the kids. First of all, as far as some of the studies are concerned, one really needs to look at the source of these studies in regards to who did the studies for as well as against vaping. While it is true that a lot more research needs to be done in a lot of areas (and it opens the door for a lot of university thesis papers), the best people to talk to about how vaping has helped them would be those trying to quit smoking or using vaping as alternative for weight control and what-not. From my interactions with a few vapers, it sounds like it has given them a new lease on life with a lot of support for their transition along the way.
Then you have the second argument, marketing to kids or influencing kids. I have heard this argument for not just vaping but also for other products (whether legal or illegal). It is just one of those arguments that has become a bit of an ad naseum hook-line for scare tactics as well as an excuse to justify banning something. As far as vaping is concerned, I've not seen anything that would advertise vaping products to kids. A lot of what is sold is either online or in tobacco stores or near the smoking section of a store with the "you must be 18 or older" warning before you even make your purchase or start shopping. Who ever is creating this kids argument either doesn't have kids or is too much of a helicopter politician.
What I don't understand about all this hullaballoo about vaping is that I don't think our government realize that specifically with the vapers, they are CREATING the jobs and economy that everyone is looking to create. Since a lot of us cannot rely on our government to make the right laws and actually WORK for us, a few people got together and said, screw it! We found something we like, we found something that is helping us (we believe) makes our lives better, and oh hey, we can create a company, open up a shop and make some money to survive in this crazy economy that is being ruined by those who only don't care about us but about being in front of the television like some reality television star for fame and to fulfill their ego while at the same time spewing out rhetoric to the afraid, and gullible.
In addition, the vapers I've known via online and especially on websites such as vapetv, have this sense of community that we always talk about wanting to create, but just can't really do. If you think your sense of community is lost, look to these people because they have found something that has brought them together. Even if you don't like or don't believe in the idea of vaping, just supporting their right to vape and hooking of with organizations who are fighting for their rights to do definitely gives you a thumbs up and thank you from the community. Vaping ally perhaps? I'd say so.