To the real scientists I want to provide an external point of view. Maybe even inspire a new approach. Real life applicable science to be done. Pitfalls to avoid. Improve the value of your work.
To those that deliberately abuse the term “science” my message is: Once you were secure in your ivory towers. The public could only marvel at the wonders you disclosed or the arcane disputes that sometimes reached us. The times are changing! Peer review was the most respected form of acceptance. In some cases this seems to have deteriorated tosycophant review. But we have something new. Public review!
Sure, most of us don’t have the scientific background for indepth analysis. But even a layman can verify specific errors pointed out and explained by someone more knowledgeable. You call us “astroturfs” because you don’t want to face the reality.
To the media: You are complaining about losing ground. And you try to compensate by sacrificing quality in favor of quantity. Yes, it’s cheap and easy to copy and paste all the press releases from scientists and so-called experts. But any chimp can do that. Once there were journalists celebrated for their investgative work. They uncovered the truth behind the windowdressing of the propaganda and reported it. Revive that tradition and you’ll regain what you have squandered: Respect!
And it’s much easier today. Just look at all the comments those junk articles gather. Get in contact with some of the people. Investigate. Get the story behind the press release. Deliver quality instead of quantity. Earn respect.
To other vapers: Get involved, too. Share your stories, spread your ideas.
To non-smokers: Don’t let anybody fool you. There are scaremongering bullies that want to use you to harrass smokers and vapers. It was the obvious bovine excrement against vaping that first triggered my curiosity. By now I’m convinced the scarecrow “second hand smoke” is almost as exaggerated. I couldn’t find any convincing data to support any real dangers. While I don’t doubt that smoking is harmful, I don’t trust them with their claims of the risk level . But don’t take my word for it: Check it for yourself. And think of smoking friends and family. Maybe vaping is a viable alternative for them, too.
To smokers: Don’t let them scare you. If you want to try vaping, just do it. It’s not primarily a cessation product. It’s an alternative to smoking. Just like green tea is an alternative to coffee. A little caution to prevent disappointment: While there are many similarities to smoking which make it easier to switch, there also are differences that can be irritating at first. Here is a nice how-to that I can recommend: http://www.bernd-mayer.com/how-to-switch-from-tobacco-to-electronic-cigarettes/