InKredulous: Episode #027


Episode 27 of our satirical comedy podcast is an antipodean special.

Your host is Andy Wilson (@InKredulosi) of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and director and co-organiser of QED conference.

Appearing this time are:

As ever thanks for your patience with the episodes and for listening.

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  1. #1 by Paul on July 12, 2014 - 18:50

    I am outraged at your disparaging comments about red bull. I love that chemically wonderful taste (I’m 100% dead serious here, they are delicious). I would be disapointed were I handed a caffeine-free red bull, but I would still be happy.

    Anyways in all seriousness, your segment on e-cigs was right on. Non-smokers simply don’t pick up e-cigs, skipping regular cigarettes altogether.

    While I’m sure there are many reasons, the biggest is commitment. While it is true that e-cigarettes are on the whole much cheaper than regular cigarettes, they require a sizable initial investment to start out. Excluding the cheap $7 disposable e-cigs at 7-11, a long term non-disposable e-cig setup costs anywhere from $50 upwards. This includes the battery, battery charger, atomizer, tank, coil+wick, plus at least one bottle of juice. Once you have all this, it becomes WAY cheaper than tobacco, but it’s a commitment.

    Since I switched over to e-cigarettes I have on many occasions been asked by non-smoking friends to try a puff. These are people who would never ever start smoking cigarettes, and are simply curious. Not a single one of them even briefly considered going out and buying one–why would they? Nevertheless, every one of them now would truthfully answer “yes” in a survey or focus group if asked if they’d ever tried an e-cig.

    These researchers should really clarify two different questions of “have you ever tried an e-cig?” Versus “Have you ever owned an e-cig?” These aren’t like cigarettes where you buy a pack of 20 and can easily bum single cigarettes out. Trying a single puff out of pure curiosity is not equivalent whatsoever to the dreaded smoking-your-first-cigarette scenario.

    Anyway, you guys did a great job covering the topic, I just wanted to add in a bit extra insight I’ve gained having switched to e-cigs full time. Be weary too of these assholes trying to straw man the issue by claiming e-cigs are to help people quit smoking–they aren’t, and they are just setting up the goal posts to later prove that they aren’t effective for smoking cessation. While cessation might be a potential gol down the road, the actual usage of e-cigs is for the purpose of harm reduction. Harm reduction is the purpose every e-cig smoker I know switched for, and it’s an effective option for that goal.

  2. #2 by Andy Wilson on July 13, 2014 - 09:12

    Hi Paul. You’ve posted this in the InKredulous comments by accident. I also have replaced cigarettes with e-cigs full time. Can’t see myself going back on the cigarettes.

    Cheers

    Andy

  3. #3 by Paul on July 17, 2014 - 20:40

    Doh! I did listen to this episode of Inkredulous also. Very funny, good on ya!

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