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Vaping saved my life

From: domainremoved <Andrew>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:11:58 -0800

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Hello,

This is a copy of an email I sent to the Palo Alto city council a week and a half ago, I spoke with Councilman Tanaka, he seemed convinced that prohibition is not the answer. Please reach out, I would like to speak to one or all of you over the phone to make the case for vaping.

I was born and raised in Menlo Park, my family has been there since the 60's, we are natives. I wanted to share my personal experience with smoking cessation, vaping with all of you.

I smoked cigarettes starting around the age of 18. It was a tremendous financial burden, my clothes smelled horrible, I was extremely unhealthy, I was morbidly obese. I tried Rx nicotine inhalers, Rx drugs, patches, gum, it was all crap. All of it was ineffective because the physical sensations you get when inhaling smoke were not being replaced, or even loosely imitated by any of these cessation aides. In 2014 I found vaping. I sampled flavors from a family owned shop in Belmont (since shut down,) I landed on fruity flavors, and energy drink flavors. I chose a device that offered high cloud production, dense clouds of warm vapor. This device simulated smoking almost perfectly. The amount of resistance, the same "drag" of a filtered cigarette, inhaling and exhaling this vapor felt very similar to smoke.

I was able to wean myself from 18% nicotine ejuice down to zero in just over thirty days. I have not smoked a cigarette since. I carried on vaping zero nicotine liquid until this past October. I was hooked on vaping as a hobby. Building coils, building and customizing vaping "mods," mixing my own juice. Immediate benefits.. I regained my sense of smell. Inhale fully and completely. I was less anxious. I could walk flights of stairs without feeling taxed. I could go on hikes. Now, after five years of daily vaping, consuming thousands of dollars of premium zero nicotine liquid in extremely high powered vaping devices I have experienced no ill effects. No lung injury. Nothing.

More recently, through diet and regular exercise I have lost a ton of fat. None of this would have been possible if not for vaping. I know this, this is my own first-hand experience. So, when I see media slamming vaping, trumpeting every baseless debunked garbage study vilifying this literal life saving technology without issuing retractions or apologies I am absolutely sickened. Seeing politicians, councils pick this cause up, push to ban it outright - Why would you ever do such a thing? You don't care about public health. This is campaign fodder. You're trying to score points. "Look at us, we're doing good!"

Take a few minutes to watch this video about the MSA. This is the reason states want to ban vaping, it has nothing to do with protecting or improving public health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxNM1pUoOn4

Let me tell you, if I had been born a few years later, taken up smoking a few years later, I might not have had access to vaping because of bans like these. You are literally working to outlaw, or limit peoples' access to this thing that saved my life. (Meanwhile, tobacco products, alcohol, sugar-laden and heavily processed foods that kill millions are given a pass.)

The idea that fruity, candy flavors are only appealing to kids, or, the fact these flavors of eliquid exist show vapes are marketed to kids is nonsense. There is no evidence to back this.

Kids are vaping so that they can use them to stealthily abuse prohibited substances, not to quit cigarettes. You know this. Prohibition doesn't work, you know this. They will buy vapes, buy these substances on the black market as they are already doing, and then you will have dead kids on your hands...

This is peak-stupidity. Consensus is not on your side either, people are weary of bans, governmental overreach. Vaping has enabled millions to quit cigarettes, you are alienating all of those people by taking this fraudulent stance that is based on lies. Please do not ban vaping in Menlo Park, doing so will cause more harm than good. You won't stop the in-flow of ecigarettes, but you will send a message that vaping is bad, which it most definitely is not.

Thank you,

Andrew Ronstadt
Received on Fri Dec 13 2019 - 12:16:57 PST

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