Take a deeper look into the issues faced by the vape industry, and vapers alike. This is a list of 5 documentaries & interviews investigating different issues surrounding the vape industry and the lives who rely on it.
Let's jump right in:
“Big Tobacco is trying clean up its image, moving into the booming e-cigarette business which continuing to peddle the deadly tobacco products.
Five million Canadians still smoke. Could e-cigarettes help wean them over to a safer nicotine delivery device? Many ex-smokers say 'yes.' E-cigarettes are their salvation.”
In this documentary from 2016, CBCs the fifth estate host Mark Kelly investigates Big Tobacco’s place in the vaping industry, where they are heading and how they are trying to integrate themselves into the vaping industry. Mark Kelly also covers the ramifications of how American Big Tobacco corporations who started E-Cig companies caused a revolt towards the vaping industry with their positive and somewhat provocative advertising and promotions, with companies such as Blu, owned by Imperial Tobacco, sponsoring music festivals, advertising in an appealing manner to young adults and teens using social media and TV advertisements.
“A youth vaping “epidemic” and a mysterious outbreak of lung disease in America has led to curbs on e-cigarette flavours. A backlash against vaping is perpetuating myths about nicotine-based e-cigarette products that are not backed up by scientific research.”
In this short documentary, just under 15 minutes, The Economist touches base on the youth vaping “epidemic” in the United States, and how our federal governments in both the USA and Canada are ignoring the facts that we know today about the vaping industry and its effects on youth health, and adult health, respectively.
“The tobacco industry is pouring vast amounts of money into developing electronic or e-cigarettes which are claimed to be hugely safer than conventional cigarettes and could save millions of lives. Meanwhile, in the developing world where 80% of smokers live, it is business as usual.”
In this documentary hosted by Reel Truth host Peter Taylor, we join Peter as he travels to and around Australia, investigating what other parts of the world are doing to handle youth and adult smoking and where E-Cigs fit into that mix. If they fit in, at all.
“In 1963, a patent was filed for a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette,” but the invention did not take off. Fast-forward to 2013, and electronic cigarettes—or e-cigs, as they’re called— had mushroomed into a billion-dollar industry.”
Back in 2014, Thank You for Vaping: The E-Cigarette Debate short documentary was released. This documentary follows the owner of The Henley Vaporium in New York City. Featuring multiple Doctors and other professionals offering their opinion and knowledge of the vaping industry and why the industry was starting to fall, back in 2014.
“Dr. Gopal Bhatnagar the Chief of Staff at Trillium Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario Canada and Beju from Vape Moshi visit The Todd Shapiro Show to talk about the benefits of switching from cigarettes to e-cigs.”
This one is not a documentary, but I found it to be an interesting listen. Here is an interview from the Todd Shapiro Show with Dr.Gopal, heart surgeon and the owner of 180Smoke based out of Ontario.
Conclusion: Over the years, our industry has come across social and political backlash for all the wrong reasons. Flash forward to today, we are facing a total ban on flavours in Canada and most of the USA. Internationally the vaping industry faces far worse, including but not limited to total bans on the sale and usage of vape products. Our knowledge is constantly growing with more and more scientific data on the implications of vaping to our health being released all the time. Yet, our governments are ignoring the science, and limiting the publics usage of vaping as a harm reduction tool based on opinion.
Today, smoking is still the #1 cause of preventable death in Canada, with an estimated 48,000 people losing their lives to smoking related illness every year. As vaping boasts a 95% decrease in health risks when used as a harm reduction tool, while also being the most successful method for quitting smoking when compared to other quit-smoking aids. Is it really in our best interest to ban flavours in Canada?
Our research indicates many adult smokers who have successfully made the switch to vaping, have done so thanks to the flavors available. Without it, they may have simply gone back to smoking cigarettes, unable to drop the habit any other way.
If you want your voice to be heard and increase the possibility of over turning the Canadian Governments choice to ban flavours in vaping, you can send a letter to your local MP informing them of how this ban would personally effect your life, and the life of your loved ones.
Only together, can we have our voices and concerns on this matter of public health heard. Together, we can keep vaping in Canada and save thousands of lives every year.