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Old 08-25-2019, 05:30 PM
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True that e-cigs can be an addition to smoking cigarettes and not a substitute for. Individual adults should know what their goals are and judge by how well something helps them meet their own desired outcome.

If the sole goal for an adult smoker is health harm reduction then substantial harm reduction can be achieved even if all that occurs is a reduction in total number of regular cigarettes smoked per day. Even more if the e-cigs are then weaned down but no quibble that major harms reduced.

If the smoker also is frustrated by the expense of cigarettes then continuing e-cigs ad infinitum is not such a great bargain ... slightly less costly but still on average over $2K/year up in ... vapor.

Their goal to set.

The article merely documents that the current studies in aggregate do not support that e-cigs help achieve the goal of quitting smoking, and seem to actually decrease that outcome. True, it says nothing about the pleasure of the addiction and increasing or decreasing that pleasure.

Again individual adults can make their own decisions. AND policy can be made to discourage having greater numbers of addicts in our population and decrease the fraction of a next generation that becomes addicted, especially by way of being marketed to in childhood with a highly addictive substance administered in a highly addictive form factor.

Back to my horse - he wanted another THC vape inhalation but in the process keeled over as I helped him with it (no hands) ... probably due to some flavor additive. Was that hitting a dead horse?