October 2014

State of the Union

By Random Andrews

Thank you. (Applause) Thank you so much. (Applause) My
fellow citizens of Vape Nation, today in America, we are under
attack. We are scrutinized. We are being pushed around,
kicked out, banned and soon to be controlled. It doesn’t matter
anymore where you turn, the topic of electronic cigarettes
are burning up more media time than Miley Cyrus sticking her
tongue out. So, when it gets to that point, we have a serious
problem on our hands.

What started out as a well-recognized, safer alternative to
smoking is being molded into a child murdering, apartment
blowing-up, overdosing monster. All thanks to the media.
Whether your news outlet is television, newspaper, magazine
or Internet, it is the same story everywhere:
A child, who is intrigued by the aroma and color of the mysterious bottle of e-juice, believes that it is a sugary child beverage and consumes it.

Only to later wake up in the hospital, overdosing from nicotine
poisoning, and that’s only if he or she is lucky. That same story
is spread through every news outlet in this great country of
ours. The media is claiming that the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) states the number of nicotine poisoning from e-cigarettes
has increased by 300 percent in the last year alone, but they
use this scare factor for a reason. As I browse through these
stories, the media never states what that number is. All they
ever do is throw an outlandish percent in the story to make it
look like children everywhere are finding e-liquid bottles like
Easter eggs and chugging them like a high school senior bongs
a Bud Light on spring break. Let’s back up for a second. Why
wouldn’t the media give us an actual number? Because that
number is so low it would sound ridiculous in the story. Threehundred percent sounds scary. But, if last year three children were sent to the hospital for nicotine poisoning by
e-liquid, that literally means this year there will be nine.
It sounds a lot less frightening that way.

When was the last time you heard a breaking news story about
the number of children receiving nicotine poisoning from eating
traditional cigarettes/cigars? Probably not lately is my educated
guess. I can’t recall the last time I came across any such information, but here is a number that might shock some. In 2007, according to the CDC the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) received 7,735 reports of potentially toxic exposures to tobacco products among children aged less

than or equal to 6 years old in the United States. That is almost 8,000 children, well let me rephrase that, which is a 1,600 percent increase than last year’s children nicotine poisoning from e-liquid.

Why are these numbers only found on the third page of Google results and not in front of our faces like the before mentioned? I unfortunately don’t have the answer to that, but my presumption is Phillip Morris & Company knows. I am willing to bet Big Tobacco knows, and my guess is that they are the ones behind all of the attacks on vaping.

It is no secret that Big Tobacco is taking a one-two punch from this new technology. With more people making the shift from analogs to electronics, Big Tobacco sales are declining. The e-cigarette industry still is in the minor leagues compared to Big Tobacco annual sales, but it’s enough to have them scout the competition. It’s enough to have their PR departments feed the media into negative campaigns against the vaping community. But who knows, I have been called a conspiracy theorist a time or two. I guess I just don’t always believe what is being pumped into me by the mainstream media. And neither should you.

The bottom line is, if you are thinking about making the switch from cigarettes to vaping, reason for yourself Don’t let anybody influence your decision, not even this article. If you hear about an e-cigarette blowing up, understand that is what batteries do occasionally. Cell phones explode but we all still own one, probably even using one to read this very sentence. Car batteries randomly can burst into a fireball engulfing your entire family, but odds are that didn’t stop you from driving today. Laptops, gaming systems, printers, the list could go on forever, but I think you get the point. Use your own judgment,


make your own decisions, and for goodness sake, if you indulge in this community, use common sense.

E-liquids contain a potentially poisonous ingredient, nicotine. Nicotine has traces in more than just cigarettes, even can turn up in eggplants. Nicotine is not the chemical in cigarettes that is responsible for all the lung cancer and pre-mature death tickets punched in. But, just like any other chemical, too much of it, can possibly be toxic. Use precaution. Educate yourself, and then educate your children. You wouldn’t keep your liquor cabinet in your child’s reach, and you damn sure wouldn’t keep your household cleaning supplies within their arm’s distance, so treat each and every bottle of e-liquid with the same precautions. When charging your new device, use the recommended charger; don’t let it overcharge; and don’t keep it near anything flammable. As dumb as these safeguards sound, they can prevent these misfortunes from happening, but more importantly than can save a loved one’s life. Do it for yourself; do it for your family; and do it for the entire vape community. As for me, I will continue preaching the good word, about the positives from successfully quitting cigarettes almost a year ago. I will continue fighting for the rights for vapers everywhere.

So my fellow vapers and future vapers, I conclude this edition of The State of the Union, but I am far from over. I haven’t even scratched the surface yet; I just wanted to ease you into my mind gracefully. Prepare for more.

Random Andrews
Owner of Sir Vapes-A-Lot LLC