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A Vaping Ban Would Be Hysteria Masquerading As Prudence

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At this point, the best information suggests that a recent spate of deaths from a vaping-related lung disease — six at last report — had little or nothing to do with legal e-cigarettes. Rather, the deaths, and more than 300 confirmed cases of the disease in dozens of states, seem to be linked to illegal cartridges, mostly using marijuana derivatives that had been emulsified with vitamin E acetate, according to Food and Drug Administration investigators. The FDA has warned against using it for inhalation, and it isn’t used in legally manufactured e-cigarettes.

Naturally, the government wants to ban legally manufactured e-cigarettes.

President Trump is proposing to ban flavored cartridges, apparently endorsing the theory — common among people who neither smoke nor vape — that these products appeal only to children. In fact, the majority of adult vapers select flavors other than tobacco because — and I speak as a former smoker — tobacco tastes kind of gross. Most smokers merely endured it for that divine rush of nicotine.AD

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is way ahead of Trump; the state has already issued an emergency directive banning flavored vapes. New York moved on Sunday to follow suit. And a New Jersey state legislator is one-upping them both, proposing to ban vaping entirely.

These officials are right that the country faces a public-health crisis that could kill huge numbers of people, and that something should be done. In fact, they are that crisis, a crisis of hysteria masquerading as prudence.

Most of what is known about vaping suggests it’s saving lives. A randomized controlled trial in Britain’s National Health Service found that people offered vaping as a replacement for smoking were twice as likely to quit successfully as those given traditional nicotine-replacement therapy. I myself know at least a half-dozen heavy smokers who have kicked the habit thanks to vaping.AD

Collectively, my friends have probably added at least a couple of decades of human life by switching to vaping, which Public Health England estimates to be 95 percent less harmful than breathing cigarette smoke. Given the approximately 10 million Americans who use e-cigarettes — most whom seem to becurrent or former smokers — and you’re talking about life-centuries, life-millennia, life-eons saved by the very products that federal government is now proposing to ban.

But what about the children, some will cry. I have some good news: While youth vaping has risen dramatically since 2011 (unsurprising, since that’s about when the products hit the mass market), the rise has coincided with a sharp decline in their smoking rates.

In 2018, roughly 20 percent of high school students said they had used e-cigarettes within the past 30 days, compared with 1.5 percent in 2011. But only 8.1 percent of high school students reported using the combustible kind of cigarette, compared with 15.8 percent in 2011. And there is evidence that these two things are causally related: Youth smoking rates have been falling for quite some time, but the trend appears to have accelerated since vaping products came on the scene.AD

Given the evidence about e-cigarettes and tobacco use, why is the U.S. public-health community seemingly so bent on taking the most irresponsible route possible?

One possible explanation seems valid enough: Researchers don’t have decades of epidemiological data on vaping, as they do for smoking. Heroin was originally conceived of and marketed as a safe alternative to morphine; public-health officials are leery of making a similar mistake with “safer” alternatives to tobacco. The caution is admirable, but remember what is known: the absolutely enormous risks of smoking cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 480,000 Americans die from smoking-related illnesses annually.

An equally likely explanation lies in the broad Puritan streak that still runs through American culture — especially the U.S. public-health community, which often epitomizes the aphorism that drinking would be seen as a virtue, rather than a vice, if only the hangover preceded the intoxication. AD

One gets the sense that many public health experts think that ex-smokers should atone with ascetic self-denial, rather than a pleasurable substitute. One also senses that their long tussle with the tobacco industry has created a Pavlovian aversion to anything that even resembles smoking. So instead of harm reduction — which they might be quick to suggest for opioid addicts — they advise politicians to restrict vaping as much as possible, even if that means more deaths from cancer, stroke and lung disease.

And that trade-off even sounds semi-reasonable, in the abstract. Until you meet real people suffering the agonies of cancer or the slow strangulation of emphysema. The people rushing to protect children from e-cigarettes should remember that every one of those patients was somebody’s kid. So are a lot of current teens who might be taking up cigarette smoking if a much pleasanter, and by all evidence safer, alternative weren’t available.

One of those kids might be yours; not one of them deserves to die.

Author: Megan McArdle

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/16/vaping-ban-would-be-hysteria-masquerading-prudence/

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United Vapers Alliance: Vaping Advocates and Leaders Hold Successful DC Rally

Over 20 vaping consumer advocates shared life-changing stories during the rally on their journey to vaping and how it has positively impacted their friends and family since switching to a tobacco-free lifestyle.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Vaping advocates from across the country descended on Washington D.C. on Saturday to show support for small vapor businesses and to demonstrate to President Trump that their votes have the power to change the upcoming election. Vaping advocates demanded President Trump push for the Food & Drug Administration to reform the Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) process or extend the cutoff before the looming deadline of Sept. 9. With 14,000 small businesses in jeopardy of vanishing overnight, the FDA is still tracking towards the Sept. 9 deadline requiring small businesses to file pricey and burdensome PMTAs to keep their products for sale.  

Organized by United Vapers Alliance, advocates peacefully protested to show the world that “We Vape, We Vote” is a movement that has the influence to disrupt the upcoming election with millions of potential votes up for grabs. The vaping advocates vowed to continue to push elected officials to reject prohibitionist policies that threaten access to life-saving vapor products.

“If President Trump does not deliver on real reform at FDA, he is not only risking the destruction of an American industry, but he will be also be creating a situation where millions of adult ex-smokers could return to deadly combustible cigarettes,” said Dimitris Agrafiotis, who serves as executive director of the Tennessee Smoke-Free Association. “HHS Secretary Alex Azar has pledged PMTA reform, but he failed to deliver. Now, it is up to President Trump to stop the FDA from destroying 99% of the industry and leaving 160,000 Americans unemployed in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Despite fearmongering by special interest groups, vapor products manufacturers are not Big Tobacco and their technology products should not be subject to the same regulations. Studies have repeatedly shown that vapor products expose users to a tiny fraction of the harmful chemicals that cigarettes contain. Millions of adults throughout the United Sates have successfully quit smoking cigarettes because of vaping products.

Over 20 vaping consumer advocates shared life-changing stories during the rally on their journey to vaping and how it has positively impacted their friends and family since switching to a tobacco-free lifestyle. They were also joined by featured speakers and leaders in the industry Dimitris Agrafiotis, executive director of the Tennessee Smoke-Free Association; Amanda Wheeler, president of Rocky Mountain Smoke-Free Alliance; and Gregory Conley, president of American Vaping Association.

This is UVA’s second annual Save the Vape rally and they continue to ask vaping advocates from across the nation to call the White House Switchboard and say, “We Vape, We Vote”.   

About United Vapors Alliance
United Vapers Alliance (UVA) educates the public and politicians regarding the benefits of harm reduction via vapor products, and strongly conveys that changes must be made, within the FDA, to provide an economically feasible pathway to market. Currently, the FDA pathway to market is not obtainable for small and medium size manufacturers. The only entities that can afford the FDA pathway to market is Big Tobacco, while more than 11,000 family owned vapor businesses will shut their doors. Left unchallenged, 99% of the vapor products, will exit the market in September 2020. UVA does this via social media, public events and grassroots activism. For more information about UVA, please visit unitedvapersalliance.org and @AllianceVapers on Twitter and @UnitedAllianceVapers on Facebook.

Media Contact: Abigal Anello, aanello@novitascommunications.com

SOURCE United Vapers Alliance

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Are Vapers Saving The Environment?

Cigarette smoke is also extremely harmful for the environment because tobacco smoke contains approximately more than 7,000 chemicals and 70 of them can cause cancer.

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We have been in this vaping vs smoking debate since we were first introduced to vaping. Here’s another topic of debate that revolves around vaping vs smoking.

Is smoking better for our environment or vaping?

Let’s find it out below.

Smoking

It has been a part of this world from the longest we can remember. From the start we have read about how smoking cigarettes harms our environment.

We can’t deny facts, smokers leave cigarette butts behind that are found in trash cans on our sidewalks, roads, and parking lots. Cigarette butts are still one of a major problem we are facing to this date.

They take around 18 months to 10 years to decompose! Which means that the cigarette filters are full of tar, nicotine, and other toxins that can seep into the ground and affect every organism that comes into contact with them. Furthermore, these cigarette leftovers are pushed by rain into drains and eventually reach the ocean where they release toxins.

Cigarette smoke is also extremely harmful for the environment because tobacco smoke contains approximately more than 7,000 chemicals and 70 of them can cause cancer.

Even, excessive exposure to secondhand smoke gravely affects the cardiovascular system and can cause coronary heart disease and strokes.

Vaping

On the other hand, vaping has been used as a tool to help smokers quit smoking because It helps reduce the exhale and inhale of toxins.

Vape devices use a small or no amount of nicotine and just have flavorings added to the E-liquids.

Most vaping devices have refillable pods and tanks which means most devices are reusable. This quality makes vaping eco-friendly, because vaping doesn’t play a part in contributing to the planet’s pollution.

Vaping smoke doesn’t release harmful toxin and e-cigarettes do not really produce smoke so vaping in public is not harmful.

People don’t usually mind vape clouds but smoking in public places is considered to be extremely harmful and is not at all accepted by the community.

This information that we have gathered is enough to understand that vaping is a better alternative to smoking. Aside from our own health, vaping is also not harmful to the people around. As well as it adds to the well-being of our mother earth.

Source: https://alectrofag-77.webself.net/blog/2020/07/17/vaping-vs-smoking-in-terms-of-our-environment

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Steve Forbes Takes On Vaping

Steve Forbes on the deadly truth behind these anti-vaping campaigns and on the facts we need to consider when it comes to the most effective alternatives to smoking tobacco.

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