The Debate About Taste
Last year I cited MarketWatch reporter Tom Bemis, who said E-Cigarettes should be banned because “Kids love ‘em”. The same anti-e-cigarette argument is now being fed to the public in a huge politically driven propaganda campaign aimed at destroying the e-cigarette industry under the guise of saving children from smoking cigarettes.
Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois has said, “E-cigarettes are a candy-flavored addiction, which is dangerous to our young people across America”.
Ecig antagonists have made many unfounded and blatantly incorrect assumptions about this remarkable product; however this one takes the cake. Reports claim that since kids like flavors, flavored e-cigarettes are aimed at attracting children.
I say “rubbish”. This so called e-cigarette marketing “scheme” attracted me and I'm an adult. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I like the taste of chocolate, peppermint and blueberry. Hey, I even like exotic flavors such as Pina Colada. Sorry, but my taste buds haven’t degenerated with age. Okay, maybe a few years of smoking cigarettes has killed off a few buds, but that’s probably why I like intense flavors even more than I did as a kid.
When I first tried e-cigarettes I ordered a tobacco flavored Cartomizer. No offense to those who like it, but I thought it tasted like moldy socks. (I wisely gave up eating such unsavories years ago).
It took three years before I found a decent tobacco flavored Cartomizer, but until then I enjoyed the many other varieties of e-cigarette flavors including V2's Mint Green Tea my current favorite Halo's Belgian Cocoa.
There are good reasons why e-cigarette companies offer fruit and dessert flavored e-cigarette cartridges and liquids and they have nothing to do with attracting minors. Pleasant tasting flavors take smokers one step further away from enjoying the tobacco smoking experience, which is the whole point of vaping.
Some may cite the fact that more young people are attracted to e-cigarettes. It's true; however, well-credentialed new studies say e-cigarettes do not appear to be a gateway to smoking tobacco cigarettes. There's no sane reason why teens would move from an e-cigarette to a foul smelling, costlier, more socially taboo alternative.
I suggest that those visionless crusaders against e-cigarettes, direct their vehemence towards other products such as Vodka, which also comes in fruit flavors; or carbonated beverages for that that matter. A single can of deliciously flavored soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulfites.