News flash for ecig haters: adults like flavors
My mom hides a bag of chocolate bars in the closet. My dad can’t keep his hands off the cherry pie. My aunt always has bubble gum in her purse, and my grandma would have had strawberry milkshakes every day if we let her.
With the popularity of ecigs increasing, so are the “haters”. A lot of people take everything the media says as fact. They rely on their newspapers or news radio to give them right information, the truth. Well when news reporters talk about electronic cigarettes, people listen. A lot of people have talked about how ecig companies make fun flavors to appeal to kids. I’m here to set the record straight.
Now I won’t argue with the fact that kids like flavors. But let’s be real here. Adults like flavors too (as clearly shown by my family and most in America). At the Chicago City Council hearing on a proposed ecig ordinance, several ‘experts’ in support of the ordinance testified that ecigarette makers produce fun flavors for the purpose of luring children in. They said with flavors like ‘cherry’ and ‘gummy bear’, it’s obvious that ecig companies want to sell their products to kids. So at what point do people stop liking flavors?
Do they realize how dumb that sounds? I mean really. Michael Haynes, testified in opposition to the ecig ordinance and said to the Council members “try and tell me you don’t know one adult who doesn’t like gummy bears.” Good point Michael!
In an article that Huffington Post published yesterday, Bechara Choucair, M.D. Commissioner of Chicago Public Health said “Big Tobacco claims they don’t use these flavors to market to youth. But look closer and the truth is easy to see. Phillies Sugarillo Cigarillos are advertised with the tagline, “when sweet isn’t enough.”
Go ahead and talk about cigarettes all you want, just don’t equate them to electronic cigarettes. This is something you need to understand. E-cigarettes are NOT tobacco cigarettes. They are totally different, and people really need to understand that before they can make any kind of judgement and comparison.
Here’s the thing. There are 45 million smokers in America. E-cigs were made to give adults an alternative to smoking. That right there is a large enough market for ecig companies. We don’t want or need to find a new demographic. Especially children. It just doesn’t make sense. Ecigs are for adult smokers. Period. Anyone who thinks differently is just trying to find a reason not to like ecigs. Well having a reason like “ecigs are bad because they make flavors that kids like” is just about one of the dumbest reasons out there.