I've thought about doing some sort of news roundup about e-cigs, but to be honest, there's already plenty of folks out there doing it way better than I could. Sometimes, though, it just gets to be a bit much and I have to vent.
Here's two recent "news" articles about vaping that are just astonishing. I completely get that I'm singling out two particular news stories so, in the interest of fairness, let me state that these are just examples that are representative of the misinformation floating out there. Bing that Thing or Google that Shit for plenty more.
First is an excellent example of fictional reporting on limaohio.com titled E-cig Craze Harmful to Pets.
Let's play a game. Here are my personal favorite quotes. See if you can find your favorites!
"The Pet Poison Hotline reported early this month that it has had an “uptick” in calls about pets getting into e-cigarettes."
Alas, I could find no actual standardized unit of measure that includes "uptick." Quick poll, without looking, what does "uptick" mean?*
"Shattuck said the clinic she works at ... hasn’t seen any confirmed cases of nicotine poisoning in dogs, but said she “absolutely” expects to see some."
Psychic veterinarians are "absolutely" a reliable source.
"The e-cigarette trend seems to bring along with a trend of nicotine poisoning in pets as during the past six months, cases of the poisoning have more than doubled in pets."
It is quite shocking and concerning that cases of nicotine poisoning has more than doubled in pets in the last six months. Wait... double what? Is that 2? or 10,000? Hmmm... Inquiring minds.
"Pets may eat the cartridges that e-cigarette juice comes in, ingesting harmful nicotine and possibly damaging their esophagus, stomach and intestinal track in the process with sharp edges of chewed up cartridges, said Bill Collins, a veterinarian at Shawnee Veterinary Hospital."
True, Bill. Pets of unmindful owners eat lots of things that they probably shouldn't. Absolutely true. This is obviously happening with alarming frequency because Bill seems very familiar with the consequences of chewing up an e-cigarette cartridge... right? Right? Bill? Diane? Anyone?
"Collins hasn't seen any of the cases either, but expects some as well."
Dafuk??? Okay. This is no longer news. This is comedy. Enough. You're on your own for the rest of the article.
This one from the Daily News Journal by the editorial staff is just packed full of false information and blatant ignorance.
The one quote that pops out, though, is this:
"They're still cigarettes and represent all the dangers of tobacco wrapped in paper – with a filter or not."
This single statement is so ignorant one wonders . . . I honestly don't know what one should wonder. It's simply impossible with that anyone with any amount of integrity or commonsense would make such a statement without even cursory research. Mindboggling.
The worst part of this crap is the disregard and disrespect these "journalists" show toward vapers. Labelling vaping as a "craze" is irresponsible and dangerous. Stating that PVs are the same as cigarettes is ignorant. Over the years these so-called "journalists" have gotten so wrapped up in the bash smokers bandwagon that, now that cigarettes are on a steep decline, they've lost their punching bag. With no boogeyman to vilify, vaping has become a convenient target to pick up the slack. Accurate reporting and the truth be damned!
E-cigs are a legitimate way for smokers to quit killing themselves with tobacco products. That's your headline. Belittling that purpose is crass and despicable.
Vape On! Vape Right!
* "Uptick" means a small increase.