By: Angela Garrity
Vaping is taking a serious beating right now. Massive mainstream media reports of vaping illnesses, hospitalizations and now NBC News is reporting the second possible vaping related death is under investigation in Oregon continue to circulate and add to the pile of misinformation mayhem. Perhaps a more clear statement would be “Second death report coming in from July after Oregon individual’s use of cannabis substance is under investigation by Oregon Health Authority.”
Late last night, Michigan became the first state to ban flavors over the “dangers of vaping”, as the Detroit Free Press cites. Vapers awoke to this type of news today and it has added just one more thing for us to be upset over.
It appears reactions are needed during this time instead of logic – please detect the sarcasm in this statement. Lights, camera, bullshit.
Being a vaper isn’t easy right now. The wolves are coming at us from all sides, trying to corner us and make us all feel like criminals over nothing we’ve done wrong. We just wanted better for ourselves and others who didn’t want to smoke anymore. Some of these wolves are disguised as concerned friends and family who continue to perpetuate the lashings to the community with their sharing of clickbait headlines. The truth is buried, but many are choosing not to seek it.
Logic versus Emotion. These people are running wild with their emotions. Don’t be misguided by it.
It is likely to get worse before things can get better.
Don’t give up and don’t give in. WE are vapers – this is OUR right to be smoke free and this is OUR fight to not waver so easily.
Be calm. Don’t panic. Breathe. Stay informed. Stay active. Stay involved.