Letter: Clearing the air

I am writing concerning the advertisement for a neighboring vape shop that appeared in last week’s issue.

When or how did it become a good idea to suck or inhale, into your lungs, vaporized liquid infused with nicotine and derived from propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin? Propylene glycol (or pg) by definition is a liquid alcohol that is used as a solvent, in antifreeze, and in the food, plastics, and perfume industries.

Vegetable glycerin, by definition, is a clear, colorless and odorless liquid with an incredibly sweet taste having the consistency of thick syrup. It is used as an agent in toothpaste, cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, herbal remedies, pharmaceuticals, and other household items. I don’t know about you, but I’d cover my mouth if I knew that stuff was floating around in the air I breathe!

Those old enough to remember can recollect when cigarettes were touted as good for you. Have we now reached a new level of stupidity and ignorant bliss? The assertion that vaping is an avenue for smokers to quit the habit is absurd.

Is it possible for a person who has never picked up a cigarette to develop a nicotine dependency from vaping? The answer is yes. I personally know several young people who never smoked cigarettes but by God seem to be addicted to the vape pipe! And as they emerge from their own personal vape den with eyes red, hacking coughs and pounding headaches, only a fool would argue that this new version of ingesting nicotine is harmless. Plus you look pretty darn stupid sucking on those silly looking things and blowing steam out your car window.

Mark Raiford

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