HR - June 19/3: Do not equate big risks, small risks and hypothetical risks under one umbrella as unsafe
When the government warns us about the risks of fats, salt, sugar, alcohol or electronic cigarettes, they equate big risks, small risks and hypothetical risks under one umbrella as “unsafe.” No one talks about potential risks against potential benefits.Cigarettes contain nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide. Of these tar and carbon monoxide are known carcinogens.Electronic cigarette devices create a vapor (aerosol) people inhale, providing nicotine without the carcinogenic tar. They are very unlikely to be anywhere near as harmful as cigarettes. People who switch from smoking to “vaping” may be prolonging their lives and the lives of people around them.While some studies have shown that electronic cigarettes contain carcinogenic compounds, and that the nicotine itself, while not a cause of lung disease, might be harmful, these are minor risks compared wit...
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