Media: Read Between the Lines

Recently, with all of the new information floating around the media concerning electronic cigarettes, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the fact that they are throwing around buzzwords like “regulate” or “ban”, it can be pretty confusing, as the consumer, knowing which sources to trust and which ones are just sensationalized and misinformed garbage. So, with the large amount of information (and misinformation) out there, how can you be as informed as possible?


Because there are so many misinformed articles out there, it’s good to take a systematic approach to sifting through them, to figure out which articles (and sources) are more accurate than others. Here are a couple of suggestions on how to properly sift through articles.

  1. Where is the source from? The first thing you should notice when reading an article is where it came from. Reading the URL can give you a lot of tips about the authors bias. For example, finding an article from sources such as, New York Times, Huffington Post, or a Medical journal that has been peer reviewed will be a far more accurate article than one from some open source site where anyone can post anything. It’s up to the reader to determine the accuracy of what they are reading.
  2. Avoid articles with vague terminology. If you see the phrase, “studies show that”, always ask the question, what study? If there isn’t a link or a trail to the source, then the article is likely to be opinionated, nonfactual, and something that isn’t worth reading. If you stumble upon an article that has a source that links you directly to what they’re referencing, then it’s much more likely that you’ve found yourself an accurate source.
  3. Look at the studies yourself. This is a very important one! We live in the age of information at our fingertips. If a fact is stated, Google it! Don’t just believe something because someone told it to you, you have the capabilities to read it for yourself! Credible scientific and medical journals will almost always post their results for the public to read.

Now that we’ve gone over some tips on how to properly find accurate articles, here are some facts to take note of about the E-cig industry at the moment:

 

  1. Nothing is defined yet. The industry is still developing and the FDA is researching on a proper way to regulate a booming market that potentially has some dangers.
  2. Regulation isn’t always a bad thing. The FDA wants to keep kids away from E-cigs, that’s their main goal throughout this regulation process. With e-cigs being a delivery system for nicotine, that leaves the FDA with the difficult question of if nicotine is considered to be a tobacco product or not. The FDA is trying to keep nicotine products out of the hands of children, and over the next few years they’ll be forming a plan of action on how they’re going to do that.
  3. Since the industry itself isn’t very old, neither are the studies. Currently, there are no long term studies that have been published that have shown that e-cigarettes cause nearly as much damage as traditional cigarettes, but on the other side of that, there are also no long term studies showing that e-cigs are any better that traditional cigarettes either.  As the industry ages, so will the studies, but at this point, the amount of data that does exist just isn’t enough for the FDA to form their regulations.

 

The E-cigarette market is a booming one and is picking up extremely quickly; meaning there is going to be a lot of information published over the next few years. As vapers, we should be as informed as possible about what the future holds for us, and we should do our best to be as knowledgeable about our product as possible. With that being said, my mother always told me you’ll get more flies with sugar than you ever will with vinegar. Don’t be rude, be courteous, and be informed. That is the best possible way to show to society the benefit that electronic cigarettes can bring to the world. Constantly blowing smoke into peoples faces (both literally and metaphorically) will get you know where, but being kind and informed sure will!

There’s a lot of information out there and our goal is to encourage you to use your discretion when reading anything on the internet. There is a lot of speculation about electronic cigarettes, both good and bad, and it’s important to know both sides.

 

Something to Think About:

Have you discovered any misinformation lately about e-cigarettes?

 

Sources:

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2014/09/critics-say-who-e-cigarette-report-was-misleading.html

http://www.ag.ny.gov/pdfs/FINAL_AG_FDA_Comment_Re_Deeming_Regulations.pdf 

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Tim Mechling
 

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

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