Whenever something that is intended for “adult use” is produced with vivid or bright colors it seems to attract people who say that the items and products are a danger to children. They claim that the bright colors make them “attractive” to kids. Is this really true? Is a kid going to pick up a deadly spider let’s say simply because it is pink with bright blue accents? I think not.
The Colors Are Not A Danger
The above image is one that was recently used in an article on Komonews. The claim being made is that the bright colors of various parts and products used by electronic cigarette manufacturers are enticing children to try vaping. They are also claiming that because of this there is a sharp rise in the number of nicotine poisoning cases. What do you think? Do you think that it is reasonable to assume the colors are what makes these a danger to kids? I distinctly remember not too long ago there was a story on the local news about the fact that the various candy flavored e-liquids would pose a threat to kids because of the flavors. They said that such flavors would get kids smoking simply because they are attracted to the candy flavor. As if they were insects who were attracted to some sort of bait.
While I completely disagree with the claim that the colors are posing a danger there is one scenario in which a slightly similar case would make sense. I am referring to little kids. Children below the age of 5 for example. Kids who really do not know the difference between a stick of candy and a potentially dangerous nicotine-filled device could be in danger, sure. But at this point it comes down to the parents doing what they can to keep their kids away from such dangers.
The Biggest Battle For the E-Cig Industry
It might make sense to assume that the tobacco industry would be the electronic cigarettes biggest enemy. While they are a major hurdle the industry must overcome, it is really the various health organisations and the people who ignorantly make claims such as the one we are talking about here and now.
I have three kids and at a certain point children mature physically and mentally to a degree in which they are able to make their own judgement. They are able to then use the knowledge gained from their parents and the various experiences they have gone through to make up their own minds about the actions that they take. One such action would be eating or drinking the contents of an e-cigarette tank or cartridge because they think there is a candy flavored liquid inside. I don’t know about you, but my youngest who is 10 would never do such a thing. Even when she was much younger she would know better.
The health organisations have made some erroneous claims over the last year and will likely continue to do so. One reason for this is the lack of any real scientific data regarding e-cigarettes. This lack of information in some ways allows different people and various groups to just insert their own claims wherever they want. Once this happens, once a somewhat respected organisation makes a claim about something or someone, those who blindly follow the organisation will ignorantly believe anything they say. This is where we have the problems that we find ourselves dealing with at the present time.
Is There a Solution to Any of This
It is hard to change the minds of a large group of people once they begin to listen to such “respected” organisations. When people blindly follow the claims of such groups out of pure ignorance to the facts their minds are mostly made up. They are set in their ways at this point and you can almost forget changing their minds because you will not even get the chance to try. They just do not want to hear it. Change is hard for anyone.
Honestly I can’t say that I have a solution to this. I suppose the best thing that any of us can do is to educate our children. We must make sure that they really understand that in more ways than one color does not mean anything. Just because something is pink does not mean it will taste like cotton candy. On the flip-side of this, for any educated person to make the claim that something as simple as a color is the reason children are getting sick from ingesting poisonous substances is ludicrous. In addition, it is an insult to the parents and the children alike. I would like to think that the children of the world are a bit smarter than that. I would like to think that they have been taught by their parents and loved ones what to put in their mouth and what not to. Like I said earlier, at a certain age children make up their own minds about this and if at that point they still think that pink equals cotton candy, well then, I suppose the parents have more work to do.