Wow I didn't expect this to be my first Blog but here it is in result from this article that someone found and sent to us in one of our newspapers (not sure which one yet) and as a result this has been emailed Libby Jardine anyway I could find.
I am appalled that someone from the Cancer Council would say these things. Here is the Newspaper so you can read for yourself. We want to be transparent to you all so you can make your own mind up.
But please read my reply. Thanks guys
Please forward this on to Libby Jardine,
In relation to the recent article in the Newspaper titled "Vaping Up In Smoke" I would like to address certain defamatory comments you have made in relation to the Vaping Industry in Western Australia.
The industry in WA has not said and have never said that we want people who have never smoked to Vape, that is ludicrous, what we are saying is that the evidence shows that Vaping is 95% safer than smoking.
We want people who are Smoking to Switch to the much safer option which is Vaping. We have many customers who have been heavy smokers, we helped them start Vaping and they quit Smoking, and now they have given up Vaping, so they have essentially kicked any and all habits.
As a member of the Cancer Council I am appalled that you would blatantly misdirect smokers into thinking that our Juice has either nicotine or harmful products in it.
- "little is known about the health effects of nicotine free e-liquids" even in a study and continual evidence update published in the Report commissioned be the Public Health England specifically targets that statement in that
- “we do not know what is in these non-nicotine eliquids” as a business we are completely transparent in relation to what is in our Juices. The Base product is Vegetable Glycerin or Glycerin- (found in Marshmallows, Yogurt Drinks and Chocolate Milk) and Propylene Glycol – (an ingredient found in packaged foods and even Asthma Inhalers).
Our Flavourings are sourced from reputable company’s like Flavour Apprentice. All food grade or higher to Pharmaceutical Grade
- While there is no quality control on the products in WA we as an Industry have been requesting to the government to implement these quality controls desperately to stop the “Back Yard” Vendors creating eJuices that are less than quality.
This would also stop the “many of those labelled as Non-Nicotine do in fact contain nicotine.”
We as an industry have made a stand against those Vendors who continually supply customers with “Adding Nicotine” and have even created a group called the “WA BRICK&MORTOR VAPE COLLECTIVE” which work together in upholding the standards that we would like the whole industry to uphold.
And Mostly to extinguish any business that supplies Nicotine to the customer as this just makes it harder to get the government to regulate the Industry. Those who do this at this stage do not get the full infringement of $45000 and I know of one particular business that has been taken to court a couple of times and still supply nicotine to the customer and exuberant prices – hence the fine is easily affordable. This is the kind of business who we do not want in the Industry and hence why we are pushing for government regulations.
- “flavoured liquids appealed to children” well so does nice flavoured alcohol and we do not sell to minors and if we are not sure of the age we ask for ID. And I would say that so would any other reputable Vaping Business. And would insist on those who do sell to minors to be prosecuted accordingly.
On a personal note my husband was a Smoker for over 30 years and a heavy smoker at that. He was constantly getting very ill with respiratory issues and had a lung capacity of 60%. He was struggling to play the sport that he so loved, and was just generally very unwell.
As a result he tried and tried every product conceivable to man including Nicotine patches, nicotine gum, Champex and each time when he stopped he began smoking again. It was a vicious circle that he could not get off, as a result his doctor was actually the first one to mention have you tried these e-cigarettes people who want to quit smoking are getting great results.
My husband looked into this about 7 years ago, online and you could only at this stage buy from overseas and there was one person in our home town of Mandurah who sold it.
As a result he went to this person thinking they were helping him and he was “Ripped Off” hundreds of dollars and given ill advice but didn’t know this until he did even more research into Vaping.
This resulted in, after learning all he could he began selling from home to try and help people in the same situation as he was to get the right advice and not be taken advantage of financially. Then when he could he open the store so as to try and help even more people. And he has. And has not had a cigarette himself since and now has a lung capacity of 90%.
My father in law died from Throat Cancer 1 year and 10 months ago, and we watched him die slowly and painfully and without dignity in the end over 3 years, and it was devastating, and the fact that if we had known of, or the technology was there to help him years ago to not die needlessly we would have taken it in a heart beat, Unfortunately it was to late for him.
He is the reason we keep striving in this industry his picture is in our store to remind us when it gets really hard, when everything the media, reputable people such as yourself spilling unresearched lies about we just keep on going because if we can help just one person not suffer they way my Father-in-law suffered then everything will be worthwhile.
Thank you for your time and I hope for all those Smokers out there that you take into account even just a little part of this letter.