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F E AT U R E Intellectually Theorizing Smoking Tobacco vs. Vaping Nicotine Part I W o r d s & P h o t o s b y To n y O t t o m a n e l l i I I U nfortunately, in the year 2016 people still do not know that there is a difference between tobacco and nicotine. Many believe that these two separate things are one in the same. However, tobacco is far and away much more dangerous than nicotine. An article titled, “California’s antivaping bill goes up in smoke: Demise of legislation highlights rise of e-cigarette lobbying,” written by Daniel Cressey. He writes, “Researchers are broadly split into those who think that the products undermine attempts to free society from nicotine addiction entirely, and thus should be subject to the same restrictions and taxes as tobacco, and those who think that e-cigarettes deserve lighter regulation than normal cigarettes because they could help smokers to quit.” In an article for The Guardian titled, “Does a tobacco-free world need to be nicotine free?” Written by Suzi Gage, states, “It’s not the nicotine in cigarettes that causes all the health risks associated with smoking – from a number of cancers to cardiovascular disease to respiratory disease. The process of burning tobacco releases many thousands of chemicals, around 70 of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine is toxic at very high doses if consumed orally, but deaths from nicotine are very rare.” Suzi Gage is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bristol, investigating associations 88 THE VAPER EXPO UK 2016 SHOW GUIDE between substance use and mental health. Gage writes, “This has led to a profound disagreement between some researchers in the field. To put it simply, some use the precautionary principle as an argument not to support the use of e-cigarettes until we can be sure they’re not harmful. Others believe that harm reduction is the key goal, and since we know e-cigarettes don’t pose the harms associated with tobacco use (because they don’t contain tobacco itself), they’re likely to be vastly less harmful than cigarettes even if there might be some negative impacts of use.” The TVECA states on their website that “The e-cig is simply a battery and five main ingredients (propylene glycol, glycerol, nicotine, water and flavoring) that work in harmony to provide adults with their desired nicotine in a hand to mouth ritual that cannot be mimicked by traditional nicotine replacement therapies (NRT's) such as gums, patches and lozenges that have up to a 92% failure rate.” Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association is an international nonprofit trade association. So, the TVECA clarifies that, “Our organization is dedicated to creating a sensible and