“Everybody’s vaping. They’re all vaping. And they all think it’s safe.”
– Kim Barnes, whose son has heart and lung damage doctors say is from vaping
It was pitched to consumers as a healthier alternative to those nasty, stinky, cancer-causing cigarettes. And many consumers clearly bought it – there are now around 260 brands and 7,700 different flavors when it comes to vaping.
And there are as many as 50 people in at least six states dealing with serious breathing illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping products, many which contain nicotine.
Is there any question the market got out in front of science?
In New Mexico, the state now makes money on these products – a 12.5% tax on the liquid used in e-cigarettes kicked in last month.