I’m Done With Your Scare Tactics

In a recent article published in the American Enterprise Institute, co-authors Sally Satel and Guy Bentley explained why they believe the Federal authorities owe the public ‘corrective statements’ on vaping.

“Now would be a good time for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Surgeon General— two entities entrusted to give the public credible health information— to make their own corrective statements,” said Satel.

“Both agencies have committed public health malpractice by trying to scare people who can’t or won’t give up smoking while withholding or distorting data about viable alternatives.”

And there ARE viable alternatives backed by good science that are readily available. Sally and Guy know this, I know it, you know it, the vaping community knows this, hell, Altria, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard and Philip Morris, they know it, too. But for some odd reason… well, maybe not ‘odd’ per se as we clearly know the underlying reason. But for some reason, with the amount of good science right there, dangling like low hanging fruit to behold and grab on to, the aforementioned entities remain firm in their pursuit to defame a viable alternative. (Only to then bring it back to fame in exchange for GOBS of dinero in the long run. But I digress.)

Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, a research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens Greece, has become increasingly high-profile internationally on account of his groundbreaking clinical research into e-cigarettes and the effects of their use.

“Do you know any medication that has no side effects? For example: Paracetamol is used the world over, but it’s the number one cause behind people ending their own lives. If you take just 10 tablets at once, you can develop acute liver necrosis. It’s important to be clear that we’re not saying e-cigarettes are a good thing overall. They’re a good thing for a smoker, they’re not a good thing for everyone else. I wouldn’t suggest non-smokers take up vaping. But for smokers, considering the devastating effects of tobacco, there is no comparison,” said Dr. Farsalinos in an exclusive interview with E-Cigarette Forum.

It truly seems that some people won’t be happy with vaping unless it is 100% risk-free. And even if e-cigarettes were to reach absolute “this was sent from heaven” status, the jury would still be out on whether or not to side with it because “There are things we just don’t know about e-cigarette toxicity,” warns former CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden.

Satel and Bentley disagree.

“There is a lot we DO know. Most important, e-cigarettes do not burn tobacco, which is the process that produces the vast majority of carcinogens at unsafe levels. In a recent development, the CDC has now acknowledged that e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products. But this statement can only be found if you know what you are looking for on their website— and thus it is a far cry from Public Health England using television commercials to promote e-cigarettes as part of its Stoptober campaign.”

According to a 2015 study by the School of Health Sciences at the University of Patras— 6.1 million Europeans have quit smoking with the use of electronic cigarettes. Dr. Farsalinos, the principal investigator of this study says, “this is probably the highest rates of smoking cessation and reduction ever observed in such a large population.”

The science is there and if the FDA really wants to give smokers the best and most current chance at quitting smoking, it cannot continue to mask the benefits of switching to reduced-risk products by hurling scare tactics at the public.

“Big Tobacco’s well-documented sins do not excuse public authorities from their duty to tell the public the truth,” says Satel.

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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.