Vape Hysteria - Facts vs Fiction
For the past few months, an estimated 29 deaths have been reported in America among others who have become ill. The cause of death reported by countless news sources has been linked to vaping, that being at face value.
What is vaping?
Vaping is an apparent "safer and healthier" alternative to smoking. It is estimated that people who use vaping to quit are 150% more likely than those who use nicotine gum, patches or other methods.
So, what are the facts?
The fact is that vaping is not the root cause. What many news sources and articles fail to specify at face value is the sale of black market THC cartridges. As a result, it is creating panic and confusion and could possibly lead to many vapers to go back to smoking. At this moment in time, it's not clear if it's subject to just counterfeit products. A majority of the victims claim to have got the THC capsules from a friend or street dealer.
As a result, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington and California have banned or heavily regulated vaping/vaping products.
As it stands there have only been deaths related to vaping in America and Australia. So, why is it not being reported globally? The UK health experts have doubled down the claim that vaping is "safer and healthier" than smoking.
There is an on-going debate about the effects of flavoured e-liquids as they are deemed appealing to children. In America, the amount of children that vape or have tried vaping has more than doubled in the space of 1 year. Alternatively, it has doubled over the space of 5 years in the United Kingdom.
The FDA admits that the evidence is hazy however they claim nicotine is the problem.
If they are the facts, what is fiction?
The FDA has banned vaping companies claiming that vaping is safer than smoking because "the statements were made directly to children." The FDA has completely ignored the scientific evidence and claimed that companies have advertised to children to ban this.
The CDC has told the public to stop using vaping products and instead use "evidence-based" therapy or prescribed tablets to stop smoking if they're "concerned about these health risks". The CDC has ignored the scientific evidence backing vaping.
What do you think about the crack-down on vaping products? Should they be banned or should they instead go after black market products?