Vapers to be classified as smokers

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    Eish.. This is just wrong man.. Same when Discovery Health came to my work to do wellness day. Lady asks me if im a smoker while filling in the forms. I said no, i vape. She tells me no, i am a smoker and that is how she will fill in the form. Then she still has the odasity to ask how many stinkies a day would i estimate.. LOL.. sheesh. Needless to say that stuffed up my wellness scorecard good and solid.
     
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    Sanlam, Discovery, Liberty have all kept me classified me as a smoker as well when i did my policy reviews last year.
    One of the three (cant remember which) counted my estimated number of vape breaks as average number of cigarettes for the day.
    This after telling them i've been off cig's for over a year at the time.
     
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    It's ludicrous that medical insurance regards vaping as smoking!! When you're asked if you smoke just say "No" - and that IS the truth!! You don't smoke!

    Someone should take these companies to court. It would make a fine court case as there is no way that vaping is the same as smoking.

    Fortunately for me when I returned to SA and rejoined Discovery, I had given up smoking about 2 years prior and I hadn't started vaping (I was chewing Nicorette). But even so, on the form they asked why I had given up smoking!! I replied, "because I wanted to" which was the truth!
     
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    My question to all these big insurers is this. If you want to classify vapers as smokers, and this is purely due to the nicotine we're getting in, then are you classifying people who use nicotine patches, or the gum, under the same? If it's not only due to the nicotine but due to the fact that we're inhaling something, then are you classifying people who use asthma pumps under the same (note that this is due to asthma medication using PG as a carrier)?

    Anything to save money and have an excuse not to pay out.
     
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    So then people that chew tobacco, are they then also automatically classified as smokers? Or is it purely because of the inhale/exhale action.

    You see, this can go on and on and on and on... Its absolutely rediculous. As @Hooked said, now i just have to start to say no on paperwork and interviews about my vaping. And if they pick up the nic in my blood, i'll tell them i mainline that stuff i'm that hardcore.
     
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    https://www.enca.com/news/gems-finally-pays-out-doctors-cancer-treatment

    Most of the time we don't fight big companies, but this South African doctor took Gems to court over their refusal to pay for possibly life-saving medication. "[Gems] initially refused to pay, saying the treatment would not save his life ..."

    Can you believe it??

    The good news is that the doctor won the case - and he's still alive!
     
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    I agree, it’s ridiculous that insurers tend to lump vapers and smokers in the same boat
    Would be great if they could somehow classify the risk according to the harm, so a Vaper is only slightly more risky than a non smoker non Vaper.

    I think one of the issues could be that insurers struggle to analyse the risks of vaping.
    It’s still relatively new. Although research suggests vaping is much healthier, there is still uncertainty as to how much healthier. So maybe they just default to treating it as smoking for now.
     
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    Just a warning... If they ask you if you smoke... And you vape nicotine... And you say no. The benefits to you are lower premiums. Now if you develop a lung disease and you've told them you don't smoke but they discover you've been using a vape -They will find out... Well, guess who's entire policy becomes invalid. All those payments *Poof*

    Be honest with them. Even if you don't agree with how they handle things. In their defense, vaping has not bee proven to be safe. The industry is unregulated so anyone can put anything in e liquid. From a financial standpoint it makes absolutely perfect sense to classify you as a smoker.

    Yes vaping is not smoking. But it is not harm free. Why should they be financially liable for you if you're willing to go and buy R20 juice from China town and puff it till you turn blue? They can't tell you where to buy your vape goods.
     
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    jeez if you can afford insurance but buy china mall juice, then there's something wrong with you :fubar: :rofl: (i get what chickenstrip is saying though)
     
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    How do you know what is in your R250 for 60ml juice? Or where and how hygienic its made? How do you know the wellknown juice maker uses legit flavourings?
    Lets say the juice maker is legit and order everything from wellknown diy suppliers. How do you know these suppliers give the juicemaker hygienic stuff, they buy in big quantaties, and pour/bottle into smaller. How do you know how and where do they do it? How do you know these suppliers use the right stuff and ingredients? And if their suppliers do everything legit? It just goes on and on.

    There is no control, no regulations, in SA anyone can do as he/she pleases in the vape industry. You cant say how bad chinatown liquid is if you dont even know whats in any other juice.
    Its one big timebomb waiting to explode.

    But hey read the forum and see the uproar everytime regulations are discussed
     
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    @Chickenstrip I would rather they apply higher premiums for vapers than for non-smokers, as @Silver suggested, but it's not right for them to classify vaping as smoking. Then they may as well classify people who drink Coke as drinkers, but I've never been asked how many Cokes I drink a day. And quite honestly, Coke is much worse than a glass or two of wine or whisky.
     
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    I would have said the same but. I would have classified them as something worse and walked away
     
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    I need a nicotine label for my car. I vape in it so it contains nicotine.
     
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    ISO ratings?


    either way, I diy and know what I'm putting in my juice :)

    Edit: nvm I see you included DIY suppliers, I might have popcorn lung now:RUDEMOUTH:
     
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    For insurance it works on a rating they give you on life expectancy and risk. Smokers obviously has the worst rating and very few insurers want to take the risk of losing out on monthly installments before said date of expiry. So you pay more because you could die earlier than expected which to them is any time soon. So if they classify a vaper as a smoker the risk is obviously on you, which you pay for and it means less risk to them.
    the money they pay out is nothing compared to the money they gain if you live say twenty years longer than they estimated you would.

    They would charge you more for the next (however many years you live)with less risk to them..disclamer...the views are my own and expressed as best I could ,and its still my views and it will stay that way etc,etc,etc.
     
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    Everyone that uses the road should also renew there drivers licence this will include pedestrians as they utilise the road accident fund when they meet in a fender bender.

    lough out loud.(disclaimer.this is a joke but some politician might read it and make use of this in a bad way)
     
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    All roads should contain nicotine warnings, vaper use it and it might contain nicotine...(disclaimer...also a joke,but im trying to point out how stupid the people are that insists on nicotine warnings on new hardware not containing nicotine.
     
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    So glad i'm in the UK. Here if the doctor asks if you smoke and you tell him/her no, i use to but now i vape they congratulate you and say well done and on any form being a vaper you are classed as a non-smoker!
     
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    That is great news @Timwis , just goes to show what can be done in all spheres of life if everyone gets the correct information and there is a willingness to incentivize someone who makes a huge decision to improve their lifestyle and lower their medical risk.
     
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    That is great to hear @Timwis !!
     
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    @Stompie design challenge for you bro!

     
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    there used to be a time when SA was in order.now all the africans want to be american henve the term african-american.
    (Sarcasm sucks)
     
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    Imagine the roadsigns...beware! This road are frequently used by vapers and may contain nicotine.please be cautious @the smash and grab hotspot if they smash your window you might be in danger of second hand vape!.(disclaimer...I know my jokes are in the wrong thread.sorry)