Don’t Debate; Educate! Four Common Objections to E-Cigs & How to Dispel Them
Date Posted: December 16, 2013
They say ignorance is bliss, but that’s not always the case. With the heavily controversial e cigarette industry continuously gaining broad exposure, it’s good to know how to hold your own in a conversation with someone who has a different opinion. Read on to learn about why some people object to e-cigs and how to dispel their doubts…
Current smokers are sometimes wary of switching to e-cigs because they’ve heard of others’ bad experiences with mediocre brands, or because they don’t have enough information to make an informed decision. Anti-smoking advocates and others opposed to electronic cigarettes usually have several arguments as to why the helpful gadgets should be banned or heavily regulated. Some are valid, but most are completely unfounded.
If you do end up in a friendly debate over electronic cigarettes, consider our suggestions for how to dispel some of the most common arguments…
1. A current smoker tells you, “E-Cigs are too bulky and I don’t want to deal with all the different components.” Tell them that there are multiple types of e-cigs and they can choose one that looks and feels almost exactly like a traditional cigarette. Packs of traditional cigarettes actually take up more room than an e-cigarette. You can recommend they try the disposables from V2 Cigs, which don’t require any maintenance – just enjoy and toss!
2. “You don’t know what’s in the liquid you’re inhaling.” Answer this objection by explaining that there have been multiple studies performed in order to confirm the ingredients contained in the e-liquid of an ecig. Most e-liquids contain a mixture of water, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin, food-grade flavors, and sometimes nicotine; all of these ingredients are used in several types of consumer products that we ingest every day. Experts will tell you that the ingredients in an e cigarette are likely to be exponentially less of a health risk than the ingredients in traditional cigarettes. At V2 Cigs, we offer a downloadable list of the ingredients contained in our e-liquid products.
3. “Those things can blow up in your face.” Acknowledge the fact that if someone modifies their e-cigarette without taking certain precautions, they could find themselves in an explosive situation. We don’t recommend making even slight modifications to any batteries because of this risk. At V2 Cigs, we’ve designed our batteries and chargers with smarter technology that will automatically turn off the electrical components once they’re fully charged.
4. “The marketing of flavors targets minors and I don’t want my kids to start smoking!” Respond by stressing the fact that an e-cig is NOT equivalent to a traditional cigarette; it’s an alternative meant to help current adult smokers manage their nicotine cravings. Responsible companies like V2 Cigs and other popular brands put age requirements on each product, require distributors to verify customers’ age, and keep marketing efforts targeted at adults. There are many adult-only consumer products that boast enticing flavors and other aspects that organically appeal to minors without any targeted marketing campaigns – it’s just the nature of compelling products… The choice to break a rule lies with the individual; companies do everything possible to protect youth from adult products, but society must meet us halfway.
For a person who hasn’t done their research, it’s easy to politely dispel their objections through a bit of education. However, if you come across someone who is closely following the e cigarette industry and still not open to hearing a different point of view, it’s best to just avoid the conversation altogether. Good luck!
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