Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Truth About Vaping - Not The Lies They'd Have You Belive

I turned to vaping after being diagnosed with COPD in 2015.  Three years later I can walk without giving out of breath, sing again, fall asleep without coughing my head off, my entire life has been changed for the better since I began vaping.  The media and many politicians would have you believe that vaping is worse than smoking, but they know that's a lie.  There is evidence all around that states that vaping is 95% safer than smoking, there is no health risk to bystanders from the second-hand vape, and hundreds of thousands of people are living healthier lives since they stopped smoking and turned to vaping.  The question is, why are they lying to the public.

Many people believe it's because of the potential loss of revenue if people stop smoking and start vaping.  Read this article from Not Blowing Smoke where they go into detail about this. 

Regardless of whether money is the motive, or something else.  The truth is the media, fed by politicians, and lying lobbyists are painting a picture of how vaping is not the life-saving technology I personally know it to be.  I encourage you to educate yourself and get the truth.  Being blindly led by media is never a good idea.  Below I'm listing some sources that encourage you to think about what you're being told by the media.  Something stinks and it's not just the stale stench of combustible cigarette smoke.

Second Hand Vape  
"No evidence that vaping produces inhalable exposures to contaminants of the aerosol that would warrant health concerns"  

BMC Public Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on the epidemiology of disease and the understanding of all aspects of public health. The journal has a special focus on the social determinants of health, the environmental, behavioral, and occupational correlates of health and disease, and the impact of health policies, practices, and interventions on the community.

“Four studies examined nicotine exposure from passive vaping. [Long et al] measured nicotine content of EC [e-cigarette] exhalations,” they wrote. “EC exhalations contained eight times less nicotine than cigarette exhalations. Estimating environmental nicotine exposure, however, has to take into account the fact that side-stream smoke (ie the smoke from the lighted end of the cigarette, which is produced regardless of whether the smoker is puffing or not) accounts for some 85% of passive smoking and there is no side-stream EC vapor. A study measuring nicotine residue on surfaces in houses of smokers and vapers reported only negligible levels from vaping, 169 times lower than from smoking.”.

This study, although conducted under very high exposure conditions in a small, non-ventilated vape shop with many employees and customers vaping and clouds of vapor visible, did not document any dangerous levels of exposure to any hazardous chemical.
Dr. Michael Siegel

Dr. Siegel is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health. He has 32 years of experience in the field of tobacco control. He previously spent two years working at the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC, where he conducted research on secondhand smoke and cigarette advertising. He has published nearly 70 papers related to tobacco. He testified in the landmark Engle lawsuit against the tobacco companies, which resulted in an unprecedented $145 billion verdict against the industry. He teaches social and behavioral sciences, mass communication and public health, and public health advocacy in the Masters of Public Health program.

This study Disproves many of the claims (LIES)  made in the California Public health department report on e-cigs and vaping released in January 2015.

Vaping is Safer than Smoking!

Effect of Smoking Abstinence and Reduction in Asthmatic Smokers Switching to Electronic Cigarettes: Evidence for Harm Reversal

The evidence keeps piling up: e-cigarettes are definitely safer than smoking

RCGP Position Statement on the use of electronic nicotine vapor products (E-Cigarettes)

Health Scotland  Consensus statement on e-cigarettes

Ministry of Health position statement – E-cigarettes
The Ministry of Health believes e-cigarettes have the potential to make a contribution to the Smokefree 2025 goal and could disrupt the significant inequities that are present.

One has to wonder why the United States isn't taking the lead on using e-cigarettes to combat the addiction to combustible cigarettes.  It's apparent the risks are much less than smoking, so could it be true that our health organizations and the government are trying to destroy the vaping industry to line their pockets with death money from big tobacco?  It's a question we have to ask.  Educate yourself and encourage your health care provider to do the same.

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