The War on Vaping RAGES on…
Smoking is bad. We all know this. But not so long ago –– like, when your grandparents were kids –– doctors had no problem giving cigarettes to patients in their care, apparently it helped with a bad chest.
Go back to WW2 and you’ll see something similar: big tobacco handing out its product, gratis, to soldiers stationed overseas. And the results were, as you’d imagine pretty impressive: A LOT of people smoked back then, untold millions –– and they continued for many years after.
But THEY didn’t know cigarettes were bad for you back in the Good Ol’ Days, right? WRONG. Even back then there were anti-tobacco initiatives and it’s fairly easy to see why –– who would ever have thought breathing in smoke was a good idea?
“At first,” notes an excellent article, over at Tobacco Prevention, “the soldiers received 0.4 ounces (11 gm) of tobacco and 10 rolling papers, but machine rolled cigarettes soon replaced the loose tobacco and papers. Cigarettes that had been seen as a physical and moral hazard by earlier anti-tobacco movements, were now considered as important as bullets, according to General John J Pershing. Anyone opposed to the sending of cigarettes to the ‘doughboys’ was considered a traitor. The soldiers returned home addicted to tobacco, and the tobacco industry had a steady stream of customers for life.”
Yep, that’s right: a traitor –– quite a business model.
So, yeah, we all know cigarettes are bad. That’s established. But what about vaping? Currently the only real way many, many, MANY smokers have kicked the habit of a lifetime?
Yep, you guessed it –– that’s bad, too.
Potentially EVEN worse than smoking.
Public Health Bodies, You’re Drunk. Go Home!
And the people propagating this lie are the very people that are supposed to have our best interests at heart — public health bodies, both in the US and UK. The rise of vaping has stopped millions — that’s right: MILLIONS — of people’s smoking habits dead in their tracks. Nothing else has ever had such a positive effect on one of the most deadly habits you can get yourself involved with. Nothing.
And yet the public health bodies, despite the fact multiple research papers, which you can check out in full below, have shown vaping to be 95% healthier than smoking. Or, put another way: perhaps the only viable means of stopping smoking for good. Because even if you do fall off the wagon, as most people do when trying to get free of addiction, you don’t have to go back to cigarettes and that, surely, is a very, very good thing.
“For those trying to stop smoking,” notes The Spectator, “e-cigarettes have profoundly changed the experience. For the first time quitting cigarettes is no longer associated with being a ‘patient’ and personal struggle. It is a pleasurable way of using nicotine without the stigma and guilt associated with smoking cigarettes.”
It added: Awareness of e-cigarettes has spread by word of mouth and social media forums. The UK E-Cigarette Forum has a daily average of 10,000 visits — numbers to make public health leaders green with envy.”
And BEST of all: “This is an intervention which has nil cost to the state. Compare this with the annual investment in NHS smoking cessation services, which in 2014 was about £120m, or £513 per successful quit. We need a radical rethink about the need for and nature of these services.”
KNOW THY ENEMY: MITCH ZELLER AND JACK HENNINGFIELD
So what type of people are actually behind the FDA’s biased agenda towards vaping? Simple: bureaucrats — bureaucrats that have served on boards of corporations and now work for the federal government.
Sound familiar? It should — this is how Monsanto has been getting away with raping America’s farmers for the past half-decade. These people DO NOT have your best interests at heart. They serve a higher master than public health. They worship at the alter of power and money and royalties and globalism.
“The head honcho who is driving all of this anti-vaping rhetoric behind the new FDA e-cig regulations is a former political lobbyist of Big Pharma,” notes Vapes. “Mitch Zeller is the person chiefly responsible for the FDA’s labeling of electronic cigarettes as ‘tobacco products’, even though e-cigs and vaping devices are 100% tobacco-free. Zeller is also the person behind the FDA’s deceptive marketing strategy that has managed to convince millions of Americans that the largest, 20-year decline in teen smoking is somehow a bad thing.”
The FDA’s BULLSHIT Needs To Be Called Out
What’s more, the FDA cannot even define what it ACTUALLY means when it says “tobacco” — you couldn’t make this type of insanity up. I mean, vaping is not tobacco. It just isn’t. Yes, some — emphasis on “some” — e juices contain nicotine but they are not tobacco products, just as coke cola isn’t COFFEE, even though the two beverages both contain caffeine.
And while we’re talking about soda. The FDA are the same people that seem to think poisoning people with Aspartame is perfectly fine. This stuff is NASTY — you can find out why here. Also, aspartame isn’t even the worst thing in your diet soda; if you really want to give yourself nightmares check out ALL the ingredients and then ask yourself: do these people REALLY have the public’s best interests at heart? Or are they just a bunch of corporatist pigs looking after their buddies in big pharma and big tobacco?
Asked recently to give a definition about how vaping products, which do not feature anything remotely resembling tobacco, are, in fact, tobacco, the stooges simply mumbled on in a document for 1300 words about nothing. Does this mean nicotine gum and patches are tobacco products as well? Or are they OK because they’re made by big pharma?
But not quite as confused as the FDA, apparently…
“The FDA seems incapable of giving a straight answer to that question,” notes Reason, “which is crucial in determining which products are subject to regulatory requirements that will prove prohibitive for most of the companies that currently offer smokers a much safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. It sounds like nicotine-free fluid still counts as a tobacco product if it can be used in vaping equipment that also can be used with fluid that contains nicotine. If so, all e-liquids sold in bottles would be treated as tobacco products, even when they contain neither tobacco nor nicotine. But if that is the FDA’s (il)logic, a disposable nicotine-free e-cigarette or a closed vaping system that accepts only nicotine-free cartridges would not qualify as a tobacco product.”
Sen. Ron Johnson Asks Obama To Halt FDA Vaping Regulations
This is a big deal. People, senators and officials are now beginning to wake up to the reality of what the FDA is proposing and the negative affect it will have on people’s lives.
Here’s an extract from a piece recently uploaded to the Homeland Security and Government Affairs website, detailing what Sen. Ron Johnson is proposing:
Johnson wrote to Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy last week asking that the Obama administration cease implementation of its burdensome regulations. Many, including the Department of Labor’s overtime rule and fiduciary rule, the FDA’s industry-killing regulation of e-cigarettes, and the EPA’s redefinition of the “waters of the United States,” would pile significant costs onto American businesses and families and could have severe unintended consequences. These rules are likely to be undone by the incoming administration and the 115th Congress.
“On November 8, the American people voiced their disapproval of a federal government run by regulation and executive fiat. The incoming administration and the 115th Congress will likely re-examine and unwind burdensome regulations imposed by the Obama administration. One example is the Department of Labor’s ‘overtime’ rule, which institutes a one-size-fits-all approach to employment contracts, restricting flexibility and posing serious negative consequences for the American labor market,” Johnson wrote in one letter to Perez. “Given the substantial likelihood that this burdensome regulation will be undone, I urge the Labor Department to cease implementation of the regulation immediately to spare small businesses and industry the unnecessary and avoidable compliance costs that they currently face.”
In a letter to Califf, Johnson wrote, “In light of the significant economic costs on the e-cigarette industry and the substantial likelihood that the incoming administration and the 115th Congress will unwind this burdensome regulation, I call on the FDA to cease its implementation of the current regulation over e-cigarettes. I hope the FDA will acknowledge the reality of the situation and ensure that small businesses and consumers do not continue to incur avoidable financial costs due to this regulation.”
A Billion Lives Film Aims To Set The Record Straight
Vape Beat sat down for a chat with A Billion Lives director, Aaron Biebert. The upcoming documentary will land in 2016 and is pitched to set the record straight about vaping, those who oppose it and why. Here’s an extract from our full A Billion Lives Interview on why Adam decided to make the film.
“When the New England Journal of Medicine published that study showing how E-cigarette vapor had more formaldehyde than cigarettes, I took notice. The whole world took notice. It was all over major news outlets. “E-cigarettes Worse Than Cigarettes”. I have friends that quit smoking after taking up vaping and I was concerned to see that e-cigarettes were worse. After I mentioned the study to a vaper, they pointed me to one scientist’s rebuttal showing that the entire study was built on the false premise of overheating the liquid.
“The entire study was a sham.
“However, it was too late. The public rarely follows news for very long. In many people’s minds, vaping is now just as dangerous, if not more so, than smoking cigarettes. Smokers are now uncertain of the benefits of switching to vaping because of such news. They keep smoking.
” keep dying.”
I love this quote, and it fits perfectly into the context of this debate: “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
But here’s the rub: vaping is not as bad as they’re making out, especially when compared to smoking. This has been proven time and time again, should you care to look at the research, of which there is plenty of (as you can see below).
- Scientific Errors in the Tobacco Products Directive: A letter sent by the very scientists whose research was cited by the EU Commission to draft legislation geared towards ecigarettes and their usage. The letter details the many ways in which their research was wrongly used and misinterpreted.
- Ecigs Do Not Stiffen Arteries (PDF): Researchers from Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Greece have found that while smoking just 2 tobacco cigarettes caused significant stiffening of the aorta, no difference was observed after the use of an e-cigarette by smokers AND vapers. Published December 2013.
- Smoking Kills, and So Might E-Cigarette Regulation: Gilbert Ross MD, is a medical and executive director of the American Council on Science and Health. In this special report on The American, he states “simple common sense would dictate that inhaling the fewer, less harmful ingredients of e-cigarettes as compared to inhaling the thousands of chemicals in the smoke from burnt tobacco, many of which have been shown to be carcinogenic, is highly likely to be healthier.” Published November, 2013.
- Research on Safety of Electronic Cigarettes (PDF): Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos’ comprehensive presentation on existing data relating to the safety of ecigarettes. Presented at The E-Cigarette Summit, Royal Society, London in November 2013.
- Nicotine Safety in the Context of E-Cigarette Use (PDF): Contrary to popular belief, the fatal overdose level for nicotine may be far higher than the generally accepted 50 to 60 mg (adult) says Dr. Jacques Le Houezec. This research was presented at the The E-Cigarette Summit, Royal Society, London in November 2013.
- E-Liquids Shown To Have Low Cytotoxicity (PDF): The results of testing of 20 e-liquids, has revealed the majority of the vapor samples were found to have no adverse effects on cardiac cells. Even on the several that did have some effect (two of which were tobacco derived), the worst was 3 times less toxic compared to cigarette smoke. Published October 2013 in the International Journal of Environmental Research And Public Health.
- Nicotine Levels Selection and Patterns of Electronic Cigarette Use: Study from Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos that concludes nicotine levels seem to play a crucial role in achieving and maintaining smoking cessation in a group of motivated subjects. The study involved 111 participants who completely substituted smoking with electronic cigarette use for at least 1 month. Published September 2013.
- Vaping: coronary circulation and oxygen supply (PDF): Recent research indicates that electronic cigarette use does not affect the oxygenation of the heart. Lead by principle investigator Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos; results of the research were presented at the European Society of Cardiology annual congress in Amsterdam in August, 2013.
- Eliquids: No Health Concerns: A study by Professor Igor Burstyn of Drexel University School of Public Health based on a review available data has confirmed chemicals generally found in ecig eliquids pose no health concerns. Published August 2013 (PDF).
- MHRA Ecigarette Research: The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) carried out extensive research on ecigarettes, arriving at the conclusion there was little concern that e-cigarettes can harm users by delivering toxic nicotine levels and little evidence of non-smokers taking up electronic cigarettes. Published in June 2013.
- Evaluation of Electronic Cigarette Use And Liquid Consumption: This 2013 study challenges an EU proposal that would result in eliquids containing more than 4 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter being banned unless approved as medicinal products.
- Electronic Cigarettes Do Not Damage The Heart: Electronic cigarettes appear to have no acute adverse effects on cardiac function according to research by cardiologist Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos. He says based on currently available data, ecigs are safer and that substituting tobacco with electronic cigarettes could be beneficial to health.
- Principles to Guide AAPHP Tobacco Policy: The American Association of Public Health Physicians recommends electronic cigarettes as a safer smoke-free tobacco/nicotine product.
- Athens University Ecig Study Challenged: Dr. Michael Siegel questions a University of Athens study claiming e-cigarettes can cause lung damage.
- Regulation: When Less Is More (PDF): Presentation slides from Clive Bates (of the Counter-factual) concerning the dangers of over-regulating ecigarettes. Mr Bates urges positively about the vast potential about e cigs, to put the (minor) risks in perspective and regulate as though the 1 billion who are predicted to die from tobacco related illnesses in the 21st century matter most. Presented at The E-Cigarette Summit, Royal Society, London in November 2013.
- Vaping profiles and preferences: 1,347 vapers were surveyed in an effort to characterize e-cigarette use, users and effects. Results generally showed respondents found ecigarettes to be satisfying to use; cause few side effects; considered healthier than smoking, resulted in improve cough/breathing and lowered levels of craving. The survey was hosted at the University of East London. Published March 2013.
And if THAT wasn’t enough to persuade you. Here’s the NHS’ official stance on VAPING:
The NHS is now telling people looking to quit that:
- “On current evidence they carry a fraction of the risk of smoked tobacco.”
- “E-cigarette use carries only around 5% of the risk of smoking.”
- “There is no evidence of direct harm from passive exposure to e-cigarette vapour.”
- “Evidence from a number of studies indicates that e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, with similar or better results than nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum.”
- “Daily use of tank models that can be refilled with liquid may give smokers a better chance of quitting.”
- “E-cigarettes can help people to quit.”
- “Among under-18s, while experimentation with e-cigarettes is fairly common, regular use is rare and almost entirely confined to those who have already smoked.”
So what exactly is the war on vaping all about?
Like most things in this world, the answer is pretty simple: money, money and more money.
From what I can gather, and based on similar things going on in the world, such as Monsanto’s war on America’s farmers, the big tobacco companies have had a great run of things with zero competition.
No one bar, of course, Big Pharma with their nicotine-replacement products have attempted to take them on with a competing product.
Now there is a viable alternative to tobacco, one that sees men and women with three-pack-a-day habits quit for good in a matter of hours, and the powers that be –– big tobacco, there lobbyists and their pals in government –– are colluding together to have it outlawed.
“The cigarettes sold by Reynolds American Inc. and Altria (formerly Philip Morris) are highly taxed and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration,” reports National Review, “and over the past several years cigarette consumption has declined more rapidly than forecast by analysts and shareholders. Electronic cigarettes (“e-cigs,” or “vapor products”) have accounted for a significant portion of this reduction. These battery-operated and smokeless devices represent a free-market solution to a grave public-health problem. As alternatives to cigarettes, which kill more than 400,000 people each year, vapor products are far less hazardous.”
And then there’s this REPORT which shows how vaping has helped 6.1 MILLION Europeans quit smoking:
More than six million smokers in the European Union have quit smoking and more than 9 million have reduced smoking consumption with the use of electronic cigarettes, according to a study published today in Addiction. Scientists from the University of Patras-Greece, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre-Greece and the French National Research Institute for Health and Medical Research analyzed the data from the 2014 Eurobarometer on smoking and the use of the electronic cigarettes. According to the study findings, 48.5 million Europeans have ever tried electronic cigarettes, but 7.5 million are current users. Among current users, 35.1% have quit smoking while an additional 32.2% have reduced smoking consumption.
“These are probably the highest rates of smoking cessation and reduction ever observed in such a large population study,” said principal investigator of the study Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos. “The European Union data show that the use of electronic cigarettes seems to have a positive impact on public health for two main reasons: 1. High smoking cessation and reduction rates are observed, and 2. Electronic cigarette use is largely confined to smokers (current and former), with minimal use by non-smokers.”
And yet there are STILL calls to ban vaping?
This, my friends, is why that quote from everybody’s favourite Syphilis-riddled genius, Friedrich Nietzsche, makes so much sense in this context. Just look at the facts, as they are: less risk, less cost, less strain on the NHS, millions of people quitting smoking, small businesses and shops thriving, job creation.
But, NO, vaping is bad. And if you don’t believe them, well, THEY have an expert, rent-a-quote doctor or medical professor on the payroll to tow the line. The rational behind this approach is also simple: if you get all your information from the TV or newspapers and do not research stuff yourself, hearing a doctor on TV say something pretty much makes it a fact in your mind.
But there’s always two sides to an argument, and vaping is no exception. You just don’t hear the other half of the argument on TV or in newspapers.
This reminds of a UK doctor, who, in the 1990s was doing the rounds on TV, claiming butter was a KILLER and that everybody should eat margarine. Butter made people have heart attacks, basically –– that was the sound bite ––, so if you didn’t want a heart attack, well, the only way to do so was to eat more of that chemical swill known as margarine.
But you’ll never guess who this so called physician worked for? Yep, that’s right: a PR company contracted by a margarine company to promote their product, using his background as a doctor. Seriously, I shit you not.
Honestly, you are better of doing neither –– that goes without saying. But for some people this just isn’t an option, so for them vaping, a proven means of ACTUALLY quitting cigarettes, not just for a bit, but for good, is something of a life saver.
Vaping puts you to control of the nicotine too, so in the space of a few months, you can be completely unhooked from the actual drug that addicted you to cigarettes in the first place and quit that way. Big Tobacco is ALL about nicotine, vaping is not –– and that’s the BIG difference here. Big Tobacco NEEDS nicotine to sell its products, vaping does not.
No other product in the “smoking arena” does this. No other product has got Big Tobacco scared, running to its pals in government. And no other product liberates lifelong smokers from bondage to death sticks quite as well as vaping does.
But the most annoying thing about this entire debate?
Simple: IT’S NOT ABOUT YOUR WELL BEING –– it’s about money. And in the context of banning vaping, taking away your personal liberties to do what the hell you want with your body. I mean, alcohol is pretty bad but they still advertise that on TV. Ditto for fast food and you don’t hear people moaning about that do you? So, yeah, this so called war on vaping is just insane –– insane and completely, unequivocally about MONEY.
That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less. Money and tax revenue. So, next time somebody tells you vaping is stupid or dangerous compared to actual smoking –– and you’ve read the attached literature –– you can give them a serious piece of your mind and maybe get them to think differently about what’s at stake here.
In closing, I’d like to draw your attention to a recent UK study done on the effects vaping on lung tissue. The results, as you can see below, are pretty startling — vaping is no worse than breathing in AIR. Yep, you read that right: AIR!
“Fresh research funded by British American Tobacco has suggested inhaling nicotine vapour could be as safe as breathing air. To perform its experiments, the tobacco giant teamed up with the MatTek Corporation, which makes models of human cells used in ‘in vitro’ laboratory experiments. Scientists then used a “smoking robot” to expose these lung cell replicas to tobacco smoke, the vapour from two differentbrands of e-cig and just plain old air. When exposed to old-fashioned smoke for six hours, the cells died.”
And HERE’S the good part — “But after subjecting the cells to an “aggressive and continuous” dose of vapour, researchers claimed the damage to the airway tissue was 2similar to that of air’.”
“By employing a combination of a smoking robot and a lab-based test using respiratory tissue, it was possible to demonstrate…. the e-cigarette aerosols used in this study have no [toxic] effect on human airway tissue,” said BAT spokesperson Dr Marina Murphy.