Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is following in the US FDA’s footsteps in saying that teen vaping is an “epidemic” and is urging Health Canada to crack down on e-cig marketing to young people.
An Ottawa Public Health study has reportedly found that nearly one in four high school students have tried vaping. “You’ve got a product that is tasting like cherries and root beer and strawberries being sold, and youth are picking it up,” said Marino Francispillai, the health unit’s program manager for school and community mental health and wellness.
PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT DR. Michael Siegel
Michael Siegel is a prominent physician in preventive medicine from the School of Public Health at Berkeley (USA). “>He trained in epidemiology for two years for Disease Control and Prevention Center in Atlanta before moving to Boston where he currently practices.
Taking a firm stand for electronic cigarette, Michael Siegel has been personally attacked and excluded from focus groups around the tobacco issue, despite his high reputation in the United States and Europe. His positrons are clear: the electronic cigarette is at least as efficient as any other alternative treatments. He denounces the influence of the US classic cigarette manufacturers (which provide considerable assistance to help the most disadvantaged families and in terms of social security) and those he calls Big Pharma; some influences that affect the development of the electronic cigarette industry.
“>MICHAEL SIEGELHAS ALREADY EXPLAINED THAT IT IS NOT TRUE THAT ONE JUUL POD CONTAINS AS MUCH NICOTINE AS A PACK OF CIGARETTES.
According to the study, 23% of high school students in Ottawa have tried e-cigarettes, whilst 48% believe that vaping doesn’t pose a health risk. The OPH study also indicated that by comparison, only 6% of the students have smoked a cigarette in the last 12 months. “It’s become a bit of an epidemic at this point,” Francispillai said.
Referring to Juul, Francispillai mistakenly said that contrary to what many teens might think, one pod of vape juice can contain the same amount of nicotine as a carton of cigarettes. Public health expert Dr. Michael Siegel had already explained that this rumour which had been ironically spread by none other than the Truth Campaign, is inaccurate.
Francispillai added that vaping is harmful because of particulate matter. “It still has harms because you’re inhaling particulate matter, and some of that particulate matter is carcinogenic,” he said. Once again, this statement is flawed because research has indicated that the level of particulate matter found in e-vapour is insignificant to our health and at least 95% lower than the levels found in cigarette smoke. And therefore if teens are vaping instead of smoking, this is still a victory for public health.
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