From Business Insider (which called it iPhone of
e-cigarettes) to CrunchBase, everyone seems to marvel over
their growth rates, their post-Unicorn valuations, and
jaw-dropping success at raising capital. And very rarely have I
seen anyone stand up and point out that it is no different than
traditional tobacco peddlers like Marlboro and Camel. They are
peddling nicotine-based addiction. By focusing on charming
founders, their backgrounds, large amount of funds raised and
crazy valuations, no one is asking the right question: why are we
supporting this company that is essentially Camel 2.0?
Addiction is a profitable and high-growth business. Ask the
cartels selling other addictive products. “And is it an ethical
business?,” asks Crunchbase. “We can’t answer the latter
question here as we’re not equipped for it.” Yes, you are! Any
halfway decent person can see that tobacco and nicotine
industries are driven by greed and have preyed on human frailty.
Agree with every word of this.