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Help Raise Awareness of an Alternative to Smoking Cigarettes

Organized by: Jim Snow

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I own an electronic cigarette (VAPE) shop and need to spread awareness about the options to quitting smoking those nasty, combustible cigarettes. Awareness needs to happen now, as the Federal Government is creating and releasing regulations now. I wish to raise money to aggressively market electronic cigarettes in hopes to help others quit smoking. The concept of tobacco harm reduction is controversial in the tobacco control community. Many anti-tobacco activists would like to see all tobacco and recreational nicotine use stopped, while others realize that may be an unrealistic expectation and seek alternative, low-risk sources of nicotine to reduce the health risks facing smokers. Are e-cigarettes safe? While anything containing nicotine cannot be called 100% safe, evidence from numerous studies strongly suggests that they are magnitudes safer than tobacco cigarettes. Harm reduction experts can point to research supporting that switching from cigarettes to a smokefree product will reduce health risks to less than 1% of smoking traditional cigarettes - nearly the same as non-smokers. For tobacco harm reduction health professionals, it is misleading and irresponsible for public health officials to tell smokers that smokeless products, such as e-cigarettes, are "not a safe alternative to smoking" simply because they are "only" 99% safer and not 100% safe.

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