The Public Is Being Misguided On Dangers Of E-Cigarettes

The majority of Americans are woefully misinformed about the health effects of vaping, with public health campaigners bearing the brunt of the criticism for spreading scare stories about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

A poll conducted for the Boston Globe and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that only 44 percent of Americans believed e-cigarettes to be less harmful than smoking tobacco.

Almost a third of the public — 32 percent — said they thought vaping was just as harmful as tobacco, while six percent actually thought vaping was more dangerous than tobacco. Fourteen percent said they couldn’t answer the question. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco and have not yet been linked with lung cancer or any other smoking related diseases.

The poll brought even more bad news for the burgeoning e-cigarette industry, with 64 percent supporting taxing vapor products at the same rate regular cigarettes. On the issue of banning different flavored vaping products, a popular target among e-cigarette critics, 48 percent of those polled opposed a ban while 46 percent supported one

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The findings may come as a shock to many in the vast majority of the health community who readily acknowledge that e-cigarettes are far less dangerous than tobacco products. In August, a study commissioned by Public Health England concluded e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than tobacco and could be “game-changer” for getting people to quit smoking.

“Let’s be clear — there is no doubt in the scientific community that vaping is far less hazardous than inhaling burning tobacco smoke. The fact that more than half of the American population can’t answer this question accurately is a scandal,” said Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association.

The e-cigarette industry is already facing a life or death situation with proposed FDA regulations that could wipe out 99 percent of vaping products.

Supporters of vaping warn that a heavy-handed approach to regulating and taxing the e-cigarettes could hurt those desperately trying to give up smoking and cost lives in the process.
According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Nov. 2 a little over 20 percent of current smokers who had tried to give up in the last year were using e-cigarettes. Conley argues the figure could be much higher if it wasn’t for “dishonest and unethical campaign tactics” of the opponents of e-cigarettes.

“The public health establishment should be called to task for their role in misinforming Americans about these reduced harm technology products,” said Conley.

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Fight for your right to Vape in the UK!

  • First off go to this page here and type in your post code, it will find all your local Politicians that can be contacted via email and automatically creates a standard email for you.
  • Now you are going to have to enter text detailing why you are contacting them and what your expectations are, the following should hopefully give you a good starting point, full credit goes to Clive Bates Blog

What to say

It is important that you write in your own words, based on your own experience and express your own views.  I must stress this – authenticity really matters.
A good letter to an MP or MEP might have the following main components:
  1. About you and your experience – eg. have you tried to quit smoking? What effect has vaping had on you? What experience have you had of e-cigarettes? What you think of the threshold e-liquids?
  2. Why you think what is proposed will be bad, especially if it is bad for you personally
  3. What you think should be done, and what you would like them personally to do
  4. Questions that make sure you get a response: ask questions, ask for a reply and/or ask for a meeting
  • This is the picture that was suggested as being a good handout for local vape shops.

New CDC Data Suggest E-Cigarettes Are Helping Smokers Quit

The same survey finds that never-smokers rarely become regular vapers.

People who welcome e-cigarettes as an alternative to the conventional kind hope they will help smokers quit, thereby dramatically reducing the health risks they face. People who fear e-cigarettes worry that vaping will encourage smoking among people who otherwise never would have tried tobacco by getting them hooked on nicotine. New survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide evidence that top officials at that agency are wrong to favor the latter view.

According to the 2014 National Health Interview Survey, 13 percent of American adults have tried an e-cigarette, including 48 percent of current smokers, 55 percent of “recent” quitters (defined as respondents who had last smoked less than a year before the survey), 9 percent of “long-term” quitters (defined as respondents who had last smoked a year or more before the survey), and just 3 percent of people who have never smoked. The same survey found that 4 percent of adults were current e-cigarettes users (meaning they vaped “every day” or “some days”), including 16 percent of current smokers, 22 percent of recent quitters, 2 percent of long-term quitters, and just 0.4 percent of never-smokers.


In other words, never-smokers rarely become regular vapers, which suggests the CDC’s fears are misplaced, especially since there is no evidence that never-smokers who vape are therefore more likely to become smokers or that the rising popularity of e-cigarettes has given a boost to conventional cigarettes. To the contrary, vaping and smoking rates are moving in opposite directions. The CDC’s survey data suggest that’s more than a coincidence: Not only was vaping much more common among current and former smokers than among never-smokers, but current smokers who had tried to quit in the previous year were more likely to be vapers than those who had not.


Specifically, 55 percent of smokers who had tried to quit in the previous year were ever-vapers, compared to 40 percent of smokers who had not tried to quit. The rates for current e-cigarette use were 20 percent and 12 percent, respectively. It looks like e-cigarettes may very well play an important role in moving away from the real thing.

[via Michael Siegel]

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