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CDC warning on vaping brings the dangers of huffing to the mainstream

The dangers of vaping have been dominating the news lately but abusing inhalants is not a new problem. Last Friday the CDC issued a long overdue warning on the dangers of vaping after 5 deaths were confirmed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon. On Monday the FDA came out and accused JUUL of illegally promoting their products as less harmful than cigarettes. The FDA also is investigating the marketing practices of JUUL and other vaping companies since their products seem especially desirable for kids. While this has been shocking to many, especially parents, it is not at all surprising to me.


In 2011 I was approached to be a spokesman for a product Canless Air System which manufactures a safe alternative to traditional “canned air” and computer duster products which kids “huff” in order to get a fast-acting and very potent high. When I started doing research on the industry I found out how the traditional products are abused by tens of thousands of kids each year. The amount of deaths I found were caused by these products was countless. After reading all of the horror stories I knew that I had to do something and being a spokesman wasn’t enough. I knew I had to do more so I ended up buying the company.


Since then I, and my company, have done everything we can to share the dangers of huffing with the public. I have even spoken to and worked with parents who have lost children to “huffing”. I know how much needless pain they have gone through and it concerns me to no end that more parents while have to go through that same pain because of the new “vaping” fad. It angers me because I know that stores will still sell this poison, just like they sell the deadly “canned air” because money is more important to them than the lives of our kids.


The chemicals in these products are poison, just like the chemicals in the products I have spent years trying to get taken off of the shelves. The manufacturers know it but they just don’t care. If you go to the website of JUUL, a top e-cig manufacturer, their mission statement states they want to “improve the lives of the world’s one billion smokers”. They conveniently don’t mention how dangerous their products are and they certainly don’t address the fact their products are being used by kids across the United States. My mission statement is “let’s get this crap off of the shelves” and I wish it was one more retailers and politicians agreed with.


Last Tuesday Wal-Mart announced it would pressure Congress to enact gun safety measures along with stopping sales of handgun and “short-barrel rifle ammunition“ in all stores. This move comes as a response to a shooting that took place in an El Paso Walmart one month ago. The company seems to be ignoring the numerous deaths from computer duster that have taken place in their stores and on their properties. They also still sell tobacco and e-cigarettes knowing those kill hundreds of thousands. Until citizens concerned about inhalants and e-cigs make our voices heard as loudly as those wanting to ban the sales of handguns nothing will be done.


The only way these companies will stop selling this garbage is if we can hurt their image or hurt their pocketbooks. I encourage everyone to boycott any store selling inhalants and e-cigarettes and let them know why you will not be shopping there. Use social media to spread the word about these harmful products and try to get your friends and family on board. Let’s all work together to help stop the vaping crisis before it gets to the level we have seen with inhalants. Our kids deserve it. – John W. Scherer CEO Canless Air System



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