Mashable sure is a wonderful site to get quality, fresh, and truthful content. After all, they say on their Facebook page that they are "a leading source for news, information and resources for the connected generation." They must also be the leading source for blatant lies about products. Man, If I could just lie too...
Mashable loves to lie about vaping
I was scrolling through Snapchat, I get so many replies and snaps from celebs that I need to look at them every so often. While I was in the discovery section I saw a post from Mashable about JUUL vapes. I saw the last one they put out and was less than thrilled with their discussion of the product, but I digress.
They start by stating that JUUL is supposed to be used for smokers looking to transition to vaping, which it is. But they use that ever so clever slight of hand to talk about kids and JUUL vapes. A group of researchers from the University of Southern California broke down 80,000 tweets to see who's talking about JUUL.
80,000 tweet regarding JUUL vapes?!
First off, how do you have that much time to look over 80,000 tweet about JUUL e cigs? Second, did you actually look at all 80,000 tweets? Seems a little hard to believe. And third, you need a god damn hobby bro.
The next picture states that, "While JUULs contain nicotine, they're free of tobacco, the deadliest chemical ingredient in cigarettes." Which is a flat out lie. I can think of a couple chemical ingredients a little more deadly than nicotine. Or tobacco for that matter. Like Tar, Benzene, Formaldehyde, Arsenic, Chromium, Hydrogen Cyanide, Carbon Monoxide. I could go on but I'll stop there.
I'm not Doctor but...
I could understand their slight of hand if they would've said, "is one of the deadliest chemicals in cigarettes." While this is still a stretch, it keeps them from being made fun of by me. But they didn't, so I'm gonna have a field day with them!
The next picture talks about how often JUULs are mentioned in school. With this information, it is now obvious that the intended purpose of this product is more about vaping in the classroom and less about helping adult smokers transition to vapes.
Media logic about vapes and JUUL hits all time low
So, you research tweets, on a platform where 40% of their client base is between 18-29 (Oh, and I'm sure everyone is being truthful about their age on this site too). And you suddenly make the astounding revelation that young adults are using this product?! Holy shit! You're a genius! You seriously can't make this stuff up.
Their final picture briefly talks about JUUL's proactive nature in removing models from its social media and focusing on posting testimonials of ex-smokers. Which is great, but extremely sad that a company that did not market to kids nor sells to that kids is forced to take these actions in order to just proceed with business.
JUUL is more upfront about the vaping situation than Mashable is!
It's really frustrating to see a company have to prove so much to an audience that doesn't even use their product, in order to just stay in the good graces of society. It's really a shame, with so much we know now about vape and how vaping has single-handily helped million of people quit smoking, it's truly staggering.
What really bothers me is the flat-out lies by the media on stories like this. Media outlets always claim to be for the people, so why do they never report on the good side of these companies in a positive manner? When JUUL vapes first released their statement telling everyone they would stop using models and focus more on customer testimony, news agencies hailed it as a huge success. A major defeat to the reincarnation of the devil, JUUL, himself.
Why not commend JUUL labs for being proactive and trying to discourage underage consumers from posting about it online? Oh, and JUUL is also filing reports to get fan pages banned, a place where a lot of young adults go to post their JUUL videos and pictures (bye bye @JUULnation). JUUL has tried it's damnedest to stay ahead of the curve on this issue but I worry very soon that their days may be up. People just won't rest until this product is 6 feet deep buried in the ground. And then they'll go right back to complaining about open tank vapes again.
The cycle never ends, let's just hope that we can reach enough people to help our cause and make vaping available to all of the smokers having a terrible time trying to kick the habit.
Do you agree that JUUL is going to be the death of us all? Instead of the four horsemen, it's the four JUULsmen. Tell me in the comments below.