when anti-cancer organizations like the American Cancer Society advocate against a safer alternative to a thing that directly causes cancer. Marc Hymovitz, clearly the clueless director of government relations in Massachusetts for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the very group that organized the most recent anti-flavor lobbying effort, said that e-cig manufacturers are selling the flavors that entice the teens. Hymovitz echoed the trite sentiment we've all read a thousand times by now; “It’s pretty clear that e-cigarettes have become an epidemic.”
No sir, the only epidemic going around in the vape and eLiquid world is an epidemic of misinformation, anti-vape mania, and outright lies. Jumping back to 2017, a study carried out by Dr William E Stephens from the University of St Andrews in the UK, had looked into the risks from inhaling vapor in comparison to those from inhaling smoke.
In line with now numerous overwhelming studies indicating the same results, the researchers had found that the switching from smoking to vaping would decrease users cancer risk by about 99%. “The aerosols form a spectrum of cancer potencies spanning five orders of magnitude from uncontaminated air to tobacco smoke. E-cigarette emissions span most of this range with the preponderance of products having potencies less than 1 percent of tobacco smoke and falling within two orders of magnitude of a medicinal nicotine inhaler,” reads the studies abstract.
Hymovitz is also spreading further misinformation in claiming that vaping is leading youth to smoking cigarettes, when science that produced the data that indicates that in fact the opposite is true. Hymovitz hamfistedly stated; “We had made such progress in reducing the number of kids smoking cigarettes, and now we’re starting to see a reversal in that trend because they’re getting hooked on e-cigarettes.”
As we all know by now how well any health advocacy group works, this guy probably has a nice office and collects a decent check just brainlessly word vomiting out whatever rhetoric that keeps the donation checks flowing demand. A survey released recently from the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey of 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders, indicate an all time low consumption of cigarettes and alcohol, in parallel with an increase in e-cigarette use.
These survey results which provide insights into healthy and unhealthy trends among the youth, and are normally used by school and health officials as well as parents and policymakers to focus resources and interventions.
Another government sponsored survey, the Monitoring the Future Study, which also detected a big increase in vaping last year, also shows a continuing decline in smoking among 12th-graders and a drop in cigarette smoking also among 10th-graders.
More people are vaping and as a result less people are smoking, given the relative safety of vaping, this is clearly a major victory for public health. From a public health perspective, a situation in which 20 percent of high school students are vaping while 8 percent are smoking is vastly preferable to a situation in which 0 percent are vaping and 29 percent are smoking, which was the rate kids were smoking at around the turn of the century.
Obviously nobody wants any child getting into any kind of substance, which is why we already have laws of age restrictions on such products in the first place. Why all the outrage over a clear winner in the fight against tobacco? What do you think is up with all these people hating on vapes?