The growing scandal over the health risks of vaping is read as a replay of the revelations that unveiled the crimes of big tobacco a generation ago. Then greedy corporate criminals owning tobacco companies developed a successful strategy using false science and clever advertising to mask what they knew to be true: that smoking had caused cancer, that smoking was a killer and that children were addicted to cytos vital to their long-term profits. As concerns about nicotine and smoking have escalated in the public mind, companies' ads have advertised 'lit' cigarettes or 'low nicotine' or new filters that have done nothing to reduce the health effects of smoking. The ads worked for a while. Good Science, first in the form of the 1
The vaping industry – and make no mistake the vapri is a multi-billion dollar industry – has pulled out the same style of distribution and half-truths that have worked well for big tobacco for some time. It is also no coincidence that some of the money behind vaping brands is the money of tobacco companies. All of this turns out to be a facade of steels that are rapidly collapsing under the control of medical science and news of more and more deaths from death and lung disease.
The vaping industry started off with a good start, claiming that vaping is great. and a safe way for smokers to quit. It sounded good and worked for some who were out shopping. But in a nutshell, it was clear that vaping was not safe and probably as bad or worse for the vapor's health than smoking tobacco. The menu of diseases apparently caused by the inhalation of vapors created by vaping devices has shocked the medical community and exposed the lie to vaping's claim that vaping is harmless. The use of flavored substances and benign industry names such as "bubble" and "cinnamon" is a cynical attempt to get kids to drop out. This is a page from an old big tobacco book. The people who benefit from it, whether it's a large corporation or a small shop in Fargo, give rise to a public health crisis.
Finally, vaping is doubly stupid. It's silly because inhaling toxins that hurt and kill is not smart. And it's stupid because it looks really dumb. There is a cartoonish, almost ridiculous aspect about otherwise rationally sucking on a plastic or metal pipe and inhaling / exhaling a cloud of poisons. Stupid, funny, tragic.
My column last Sunday for Galileo and Pope Urban VIII used the sickening phrase "for the historically challenged." Directed at me because I made a historical mistake: of Galileo in the 15th century. Wrong. It all happened in the 17th century. My mistake. My being – for a moment – has been historically challenged.
I assumed I had Johannes Gutenberg because I was working on another writing project in which the inventor of the printing house of the 15th century was mentioned. Nevertheless, some readers indicated that I was wrong in Galileo's time.