A Viewer’s Take on BBC’s Report on Vaping
Last Feruary 13, 2013, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) published a report on the unprecedented rise of e-cigarette users in the UK. I find the article a great boost in publicity to the e-cig industry. However, news gone public is indeed news gone public, no matter whose points of view it satisfies.
I can appreciate BBC's acknowledgment, but for me, the coverage fell short on supplying constructive balance. The writer should have added more testimonies from credible medical professionals & scientists who are staunch proponents in the use of electronic cigarettes. Fair or not, it's still publicity. With optimism, the vaping community sees the article as an advantage favoring our growth. In comparison with other news groups' recent or past e-cig stories, BBC did more effort to sink in more balanced insights to educate the general public on e-cigarette usage.
For me, the introduction is one of the best sections in Graham Satchell's message: "The number of people using e-cigarettes in the UK is expected to reach a million this year but while some believe the electronic alternative to tobacco could help save hundreds of thousands of lives others think they normalize what looks like smoking and may be unsafe." The staggering rise in e-cig users bears great subject of popular interest. To expect at least a million new e-cig users in UK within the year isn't just awesome news, it's a trend. I also like how the author smoothly drew all the pros and cons in his story. On the other hand, this particular line has triggered my distaste: "…while some believe the electronic alternative to tobacco could help save hundreds of thousands of lives, others think they normalize what looks like smoking and may be unsafe." Smoking is the enemy and not what "looks like smoking." Is there impending fear when e-cig usage get to be as "normalized" as smoking? Why bar something that's designed to safely replace a destructive habit? This is vaping and the only non-medical solution available today to save chronic cigarette smokers from the health risks of smoking. The only tool to clearly define the world of difference between vaping and smoking is education.
There is a war we are waging out there and it’s the war to establish e-cigarettes as a viable alternative to smoking. There are parties who are serious in opposing vaping and would do anything to damage our solution to chronic smoking. Education plays a vital role in sharing the truth of using e-cigarettes, not only in the UK, but worldwide.
Cigarette smoking kills thousands of people annually and it contains over 4000 chemicals of varying levels in toxicity. This is the truth about smoking even a child in Kindergarten is aware of. Why keep smoking as a "normally accepted" habit and disallow vaping, when we all know e-cigarettes only contain water, flavoring, glycol and nicotine?