Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Vaping Saves Lives But Our Government Wants You To Die From Smoking Instead


As an author, I decided to start this entry with a story.  My own.  In August of 2015 I shared my story on being diagnosed with COPD and using vaping as a smoking cessation tool.  It worked.  I was able to put down a 2 pack a day habit by using vaping as my nicotine replacement therapy.  The changes in my body have been unbelievable!

After six months of vaping, I was able to sing again, sleep at night without coughing my lungs out, waking up a hundred times, and since 2015, I haven’t gotten bronchitis or pneumonia once.  Prior to vaping every other month I was diagnosed with bronchitis.  Vaping was the last thing I tried after failed attempts with  nicotine patches, hypnosis, prescription medication, and cold turkey.  None of those things helped me quit smoking.  When I went to the emergency room it was a huge wake up call. Getting hospitalized was proof that if I didn’t give up that horrible habit I wouldn’t be around to try another method.

I became an advocate for vaping after it saved my life, and make no mistake about it, it was a life saver.  All the negative things I was bombarded with from people saying vaping was just as bad as smoking, or that they hadn't researched it enough to prove it safe, was like a slap in the face when I knew it was the only thing that helped me.  The only thing that has changed since then is that the people that are supposed to protect our health have become more outspoken (with no proof) that vaping isn't safe and should be banished.  While combustible cigarettes are still sitting on a shelf, encouraging youth and adults to damage their lungs beyond repair, they focus on vaping. 

I could give you dozens of conspiracy theories on why they are fighting so hard against vaping, but instead I'll just stick with the facts.  Vaping helped me stop smoking and has turned my health around for the better.  While my lungs will always pay for the fact that I chose to destroy them for 30+  years,  I can breathe so much easier than I could in 2015, and the chronic bronchitis that tagged me with the COPD diagnosis has not happened since I started vaping.  That is all the research I need.  My physician, who I'll admit I never told I started vaping only that I stopped smoking, has remarked on how much better my health is since giving up smoking.  It's sad that the stigma of vaping is so bad that I didn't feel I could tell him that was how I quit.  So yes, I admit to omitting that fact from him.

So why am I bringing this up today?  Well, our brilliant government (said with all sarcasm at the moment) believes that adult lives don't matter and we must ban flavors from vaping and I happen to only vape bakery flavors.  When I stopped smoking the last thing I wanted was a tobacco flavor since it reminded me of what made my lungs get in this horrible shape to begin with.  Obviously, this matters to my health, and millions of other ADULT vapers that use flavors to keep them away from cigarettes.  I am a strong believer in adolescents not smoking or vaping, and we have laws in place that already make that illegal.  Common sense states that we enforce those laws and not punish adults who use this as an alternative to regular cigarettes. 

I'm encouraging you to think for yourself, and to listen to other sides of the equation that they aren't giving you, millions of people just like me who are living a better life because they discovered vaping and are able to breathe now and tell you about it.  Ones like my 65 year old mother, who was also able to quit smoking via vaping.  We are the people vaping was created for, not matter how much they try to make you believe the industry is targeting youth.  Vaping was created by smokers who wanted an alternative that government, quite frankly, wasn't smart enough to come up with on their own. 


1 comment :

  1. Thank you for this blog. People must need to be aware about this. Smoking is more dangerous than vaping. Government also need to do something about this issue. You are doing great work for the help of smokers.

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