E-Cig Regulations: Unsupported Statements Accepted as Truth
Hey everybody! We’ve been really busy over here at ecigExpress updating the website and preparing ourselves for the launch of a very exciting line of ALL NEW premium e-liquid: Immortal Fog. While we wait for the good stuff to come down the pipes, I thought it would be worth taking a moment to step back and remind ourselves why vaping is awesome.
Lately, there has been a lot of news about states and cities attempting to ban, restrict, and tax electronic cigarettes as though they were the same as analog cigarettes. Obviously, that isn’t the case.
Sadly, what is the case is that public health organizations, academic researchers, and others, seem to be forced to act this way. In the UK’s Spectator, former WHO Tobacco Control chief Derek Yack has recently discussed what he calls the toxic legacy of tobacco, noting that even though electronic cigarettes save lives by helping 38% of users stop smoking entirely, while over-the-counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy (like the patch) has only a 5% success rate.
As Damian Thompson’s blog post about this article reminds us, Yack is in agreement with the Royal College of Physicians in saying that “‘Switching completely from tobacco to e-cigarettes achieves much the same in health terms as does quitting smoking and all nicotine use completely.” However, too many medical professionals endorse the view that vaping is somehow harmful, and it is these unsupported statements that all too often get accepted as truth.
In the US context, Brad Rodu has recently challenged us to look at the NIH funding data to figure out why tobacco harm reduction research is so regularly stifled. As it turns out, that’s because the NIH won’t fund it. Moreover, the same academic critics who argue against tobacco harm reduction are likely doing so in order to keep their grants.
On the federal level, it’s easy to see where things have gone insane. As Gilbert Ross tells us in his blog post The Madness of the War on E-Cigs, it’s actually the Center for Disease Control that’s the most extreme advocate against them, more so than even the FDA, whose mandate it is to regulate them. And, of course, we have to think about all of those large pharmaceutical companies who stand to benefit from the marketing and sale of ineffective NRT products.
As we move forward in vaping, developing ever more sophisticated e-liquids and hardware, we should always remember that we’re doing the right thing, and we’re doing it ahead of the curve. Just remember, it’s smoking that kills, not nicotine.