Health officials in Texas and California lose their minds; Washington vapers lose money

Evidence has emerged that health officials in Texas are openly lying to children about supposed risks of vaping. Using a combination of exaggeration, misrepresented anecdotes and straightforward untruths, at least one Houston County health officer is going to extreme lengths to portray vapour products as being as dangerous as cigarettes. This comes against a background of yet another study finding that youth smoking rates are falling faster than ever and no “gateway” effect seems to exist. New taxes continue to hammer US vapers though, with Washington the latest state to launch a cash grab at harm reduction products, while California retains its crown as home of the most insane anti-vaping propaganda in the developed world.

Houston, TX “Health” official caught lying to children

A so-called “health” official from Houston County has been touring schools in the Texas city, giving children highly misleading and completely dishonest information about the health implications of vaping. It’s unclear why Texas officials think lying to children will help, but they seem determined to do it.

Health officer Audrey Staggermeyer seems to be the key perpetrator of this campaign. She’s been telling children that vaping is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes – a ludicrously untrue claim that’s contradicted by all the evidence. She seems to be basing this on the fact most e-liquid

Filling solution for e-cigarettes. An e-liquid is a solution that produces steam when heated. Also called E-juice. Check this page to know what is e-juice is made out of.

“>e-liquid contains nicotine, which Staggermeyer claims “is often used as an insecticide”.

Staggermeyer also displayed her ignorance by claiming vaping increases nicotine consumption, parroting the statement that “one JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes”. Yes it does – because it replaces a whole pack of cigarettes.

According to Staggermeyer, poisonings have “skyrocketed” since vaping became popular. The reality is that there was a temporary spike in calls to poison control centres, which is not the same thing. There has been one known fatal poisoning from vapour products – a toddler died in suspicious circumstances after his mother left a bottle of nicotine base (not e-liquid) open on a low table.

Study finds e-cigs “likely to reduce disease”

New research has found that fears of a “gateway effect” from vaping into smoking are based on incomplete information – and, even if they’re true, the availability of e-cigs is likely to reduce smoking-related diseases anyway.

The study found that while use of vapour products is a predictor of later smoking, most researchers haven’t looked at why that is (it’s because vaping was designed as a substitute for smoking, so appeals to the same people).