Straight From The Horse’s Mouth

In a recent Op-Ed, Dr. Neil McKeganey, a substance control expert, and Director of the Center for Substance Use Research, strongly supports e-cigarette utility as a harm reduction device and says they should be marketed as such.

Now if an expert in substance abuse isn’t qualified to be an authoritative source on the “vaping conundrum”, then quite frankly, a worthy voice, adequately suited to shed critical light on this controversial industry simply does not exist.

According to Churnmag.com, Dr. Mckeganey feels that many of the regulations currently in place, such as flavor bans, have only increased the skepticism of the public, making them appear more dangerous than they actually are.

This tactic of deliberately arousing public fear is better known as fear-mongering.

It doesn’t take much digging to find information explaining in great detail the dangers of cigarettes use. With more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States alone, smoking continues to be one of the largest causes of preventable death and disease across the globe.

While Dr. McKeganey applauds the FDA’s decision to “modernize” the way nicotine is treated when not accompanied by dangerous smoke, he feels that many regulations currently in place, such as flavor bans and stricter proposed regulations on candy-flavored vapes, have only increased public skepticism, making them appear more dangerous than they actually are.

According to Dr. McKeganey,

“…studies show that e-cigarettes are a lot less dangerous than smoking, and not only that but flavors have been shown to improve the chances of successful quitting attempts. But some of those opposed to vaping have called for e-liquid flavors to be restricted to the two flavors currently allowed in combustible cigarettes, tobacco and menthol.”

“Part of the issue has been the lack of conclusive evidence for either side. Yet, as peer-reviewed journals continue to disseminate scientific data proving that vaping is much less dangerous than smoking, this picture is becoming more evident.”

Just for the record, as a substance abuse expert, your duties are, but not limited to the following:

  •  – Work with a wide array of clients with varying addictions
  •  – Meet with clients to evaluate their health and substance problem
  •  – Identify issues and create goals and treatment plans
  •  – Teach coping mechanisms
  •  – Discuss ways to cope and incorporate methods and programs to help patients toward recovery
  •  – Lead group therapy sessions
  •  – Set up aftercare plans

I’m now convinced (as if I/we weren’t convinced before) that the battle for vape independence and deregulation will be hard fought. But with experts in the field taking a stance for truth, it’s a battle vape advocates can surely win.

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Andrew Figgs

Photography Major from Western Washington University . I joined MBV back in December 2014 and am happy to be working in an industry focused on helping others.

  • evan says:

    where do these people get their information? I am so sick of vaping getting a bad image. They just need to leave us alone, were not hurting or harming anybody! Uggg.

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