Amongst all the negative hype generated via Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, and some of the (paid) medical fraternity it was interesting to discover the original e-cigarette was developed and patented by one Herbert Gilbert in the early 1960’s. Of course, in the midst of what some might say was the most powerful advertising period of big tobacco, we, the public, were not made privvy to this wee invention for obvious reasons. There’s evidence that Big Tobacco deliberately suppressed healthy alternatives, as producing and marketing these would have meant admitting that smoking was unhealthy.
In Herberts own words ‘ I showed it to chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies and tobacco companies and they did what they did to try to protect their markets. I am sure that many great inventions that could have benefited people, in the past and even today, receive the same treatment.
The e-cigarette we market today is virtually identical to Herberts original patented version.
50 years on the e-cigarette is taking the world by storm… and it is not surprising. Finally a tool that is incredibly effective in aiding the shift away from the killer cigarette… and the tobacco companies, big pharma, and some of the medical fraternity are freaking out. The loss of revenue to these sectors will number in the multi billions of dollars… and that is the bottom line that is producing wildly exaggerated and unsubstantiated claims that e-cigarettes are ‘bad’ for you.
A new study of almost 6,000 smokers over five years has shown that the use of electronic cigarettes will help you quit smoking. Smokers are 60 percent more likely to successfully quit smoking if they use electronic cigarettes vs. other nicotine products such as patches and gums, or cold turkey.
This finding shows that electronic cigarettes will reduce tobacco related deaths and illnesses dramatically when used by cigarette smokers looking to stop the tobacco habit. The use of electronic cigarettes will reduce lung cancer and other chronic respiratory diseases, and will reduce cardiovascular diseases, which is the number one killer in the world. People who quit smoking will reduce their chances of cardiovascular disease in half within one year of quitting smoking. Within five years of quitting smoking, the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, and bladder. Within 2-5 years of quitting smoking the risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
Robert West of University College London’s epidemiology and public health department stated: “E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking,” It was Robert who lead this study.