Over the last several months, there have been several stories about teens across the country who have been hospitalized due to serious lung damage caused by vaping. These stories have reported that teens from several states have suffered heart attack like symptoms with vaping being the common denominator.
However, many of these stories neglected to mention the fact that the teens also admitted to vaping illegal and unregulated THC products that they purchased from the black market. The items contained harmful ingredients not found in legal vaping products.
Sadly, these stories have been used to push the narrative that vapes and e-cigarettes are harmful products that should no longer be available to the public. When polled, most Americans said that they believed e-cigarettes to be more harmful than traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. The FDA and other government organizations also continue to deliver the message that e-cigarettes are very dangerous, despite research consistently saying the opposite.
Studies have shown that not only are e-cigarettes less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but they’re also a very effective tool for helping smokers quit. In fact, researchers believe that e-cigarettes could be two times as effective as other forms of tobacco/nicotine replacements.
Studies have also proven that the process e-cigarettes use to vaporize tobacco is safer than the method used in cigarettes because it allows users to inhale an aerosol which contains fewer harmful chemicals.
Pushing the rhetoric that e-cigarettes are more deadly than cigarettes is dangerous – especially for people who are looking for a way to quit smoking and have exhausted other options. Smoking kills approximately a half a million people each year in the United States alone. This number could decrease significantly with the help of e-cigarettes.
By hiding the truth about e-cigarettes, it seems like law makers and government officials are actually creating what they claim they are trying to avoid:a public health crisis.
As new reports continue to show the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, the industry can only hope that this evidence is used to shed light on the positives.