The demonization of vaping

More misguided government regulation hurts those trying to quit smoking

 

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Despite the overwhelming evidence of the deadly danger of cigarette smoking, the government and media are now weirdly obsessing over one of the few proven tools to help smokers quit smoking. Vaping, which contains no tobacco and uses electronic devices, also called e-cigarettes, to produce vapor from liquids instead of burning tobacco, is used by millions of adults to help wean them off cigarettes. However, vaping is now being hysterically touted by some as an “epidemic” and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering banning the manufacturing of flavored vaping liquids.

States such as Hawaii have attempted vaping bans and failed, while municipalities such ultra-leftist San Francisco, which has a real epidemic of illegal drug use and filthy drug needles littering its streets, has stupidly focused instead on banning the sale of vaping liquids. Hypocritically, California legalized marijuana sales in 2018, and San Francisco supervisors absurdly voted in favor of creating “safe injection sites” to cut down on illegal drug overdoses and dangerous needle litter. Where is the logic in legalizing pot smoking and illegal drug use but banning vaping? Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at Boston University School of Public Health whose research focuses on tobacco reduction, called the ban an “insane public policy.”

This bizarre new obsession with vaping is allegedly justified by reports that while teenage cigarette smoking has decreased substantially, teenagers are vaping in increasing number. And this may be true. But, like real cigarettes, vaping with e-cigarettes is intended for adults. I started vaping occasionally using flavored liquids without any nicotine to help friends who smoked wean off their toxic cigarette habit. They would vape using liquids with nicotine, gradually reducing the amount of nicotine until they were nicotine-free.

Dr. Neal Benowitz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a leading expert on nicotine, said of the San Francisco ban, “The risks of e-cigarettes kids are using now are unknown and of concern. But … the logical thing would be to focus more on restricting youth access to these devices … I think e-cigarettes should have remained available in places like tobacco shops and online access, where there’s verification of age.”

Sadly, much of the reporting on this topic is shoddy or misleading. Recent stories of medical issues allegedly related to vaping cite “over one hundred” cases for example, but don’t say whether the vapers in question were using legal vaping products, or marijuana or some black-market substances, in their e-cigarettes. What we do know for certain is that real tobacco cigarettes kill in massive numbers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.” This is about 1,300 deaths every day….

…read more at Washington Times

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