CDC’s Bias Against E-Cigarettes Is Putting Kids’ Lives at Risk

The agency fails to single out the specific products that are causing harm.


In the wake of a teen death from vaping, health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are taking an anti-vaping posture. So far, the CDC’s advice to the public has been incredibly vague: The agency has warned against vaping in general, without admonishing the public to avoid any particular type of vaping product. Unfortunately, this unnecessarily vague warning threatens to undermine public health

The CDC has now reported 193 cases of severe, acute lung disease caused by “vaping” across 22 states — most among youth and young adults…..

…..The alerts from physicians, health departments, and the CDC have been uniformly ill-defined, informing the public only that these cases are caused by “vaping” and that teens should avoid using “e-cigarettes.”

But this isn’t the whole story. In most cases where there has been a serious illness as a result of vaping, the individual has not been using a legal, nicotine-containing e-cigarette liquid. Rather, such individuals have been vaping e-liquids containing THC — the drug commonly found in marijuana. These THC e-liquids are typically purchased on the street…

…. All 21 cases reported in California were apparently attributed to vaping marijuana, with all the THC e-liquids being purchased on the street.

The reported cases of lipoid pneumonia are serious, and they are known to be caused by oil inhalation. In contrast, most legal, nicotine-containing e-liquids are alcohol-based and contain as excipients some combination of propylene glycol and glycerin. These products do not pose a risk of lipoid pneumonia. There are some nicotine-containing e-liquids that are oil-based, and these should absolutely be avoided.

But instead of acknowledging this — and warning against vaping THC oils, any oil-based e-liquid, and any e-liquid bought off the street — health agencies including the CDC have urged the public to avoid using e-cigarettes altogether. This is irresponsible and a potential hazard to public health, and it stems from a categorical anti-vaping stance that has become commonplace and threatens to undermine decades of anti-smoking efforts.

Every year, nearly 500,000 Americans die from a smoking-related illness. ….

Still, here in the U.S., health officials and legislators seem to be doing everything in their power to restrict — even ban — these products.

…… more at National Review

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