46 US States receive over $8 billion every year from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). They spend less than 10% of that on tobacco harm reduction and youth education. That's where the vapor industry stepped in. A grassroots industry, created by your neighbors to eradicate smoking on a global scale, because governments aren't capable of doing it, and aren't interested in doing it.
Why aren't they interested? Money. $200 billion over just the first 25 years. That settlement money pays for a lot of things when they don't spend it on ending tobacco use. Since MSA payments are based on the number of cigarettes shipped, and not the cost, they are interested in keeping people smoking.
Some states sold tobacco bonds to get money upfront in exchange for payments later. Those states are now starting to default on those bonds. What's the solution? How do they recover? Get people smoking again.
City, county, and state governments, along with special interest groups controlled or influenced by the tobacco industry and the pharmaceutical industry are waging a media war of misinformation, trying to convince the public that vaping is not 95% less harmful than smoking. The goal of this is nothing less than a complete removal of all vapor products in the United States.
Below you'll find data, evidence, and information the media, governments, and public interest groups don't want you to know.
By reading it, you may come to the same conclusion as 10 million vapers.
Smoking kills. Vaping doesn't.
Popcorn Lung is a term created by the media to describe bronchiolitis obliterans. A decade ago several workers at a popcorn manufacturing plant were diagnosed with it after inhaling flavorings that contained diacetyl (a buttery ingredient) 8 hours a day for years. NIOSH failed to positively create a correlation between the two however, but that didn't stop the media from exploiting it.
Four trillion cigarettes are smoked each year in the world, by over a billion people. Cigarettes have 750 times the amount of diacetyl in them than e-liquid which is no longer on the market. No one has ever been diagnosed with popcorn lung from smoking.
Why would vaping cause it?
Wet Lung is a scary, media created term used to describe hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an inflammatory condition in which your lungs become inflamed as an allergic reaction to inhaled dust, fungus, molds or chemicals.
A still unnamed patient with an existing asthma condition was admitted to hospital for an allergic reaction, which happened to coincide with her starting vaping.
There was no evidence that she was allergic to anything in the vapor product.
Contrary to popular belief, nicotine does not cause cancer. A majority of people believe that nicotine in cigarettes is a carcinogen, when in fact it's the other chemicals, and process of combustion that cause them.
Nicotine by itself is about as harmful as caffeine.
Nicotine has also shown promising results treating memory loss in alzheimer's patients.
Researchers found that the e-cigarette vapors contained some toxic substances, but the levels of the toxicants were 9 to 450 times lower than in cigarette smoke and were, in many cases, comparable with trace amounts found in the reference product (a Nicorette® Inhaler, an FDA approved product).
Recently, a study claimed that using vapor products led to an increase in heart attacks.
Interviewers asked participants whether they had ever used e-cigarettes and/or cigarettes, and whether they had ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had had a heart attack.
What the researchers failed to divulge is whether the heart attacks occurred before or after e-cigarette use.
Being a cross-sectional study the researchers did not focus on heart attacks that happened after beginning the use of vapor products. They only asked if the participants ever had a heart attack.
Not when devices are used (and tested) correctly.
Did you know you exhale formaldehyde all day long? It's generated by our bodies, about an ounce and a half of it every day, just hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. All living things create it.
Studies try to point out that vaping causes formaldehyde, but that only happens when vaping devices are used incorrectly.
In one study the researchers themselves stated "At low voltage (3.3 V), we did not detect the formation of any formaldehyde-releasing agents...", which was the correct voltage for the devices being tested. It wasn't until they increased the voltage to a level that a person wouldn't use that they detected formaldehyde.
In a similar study, the highest amount of formaldehyde was found to be 0.1490 ppm, when tested at a voltage above the devices recommended setting, which places it right at the level set by WHO for indoor air.
The majority of vapor product battery failures are due to user error, such as overheating, shorting them with metal objects, or incorrect charging. This leads to a thermal runaway (venting) which may seem like an explosion, but it's just a rapid, (and yes dangerous) venting of energy.
Recent statistics (2016) show approximately 100 vaping related fires out of almost 10 million users (0.001%). Compare that to 100,000 smoking related fires (and several hundred deaths) out of 38 million smokers (0.26%).
If we reach a point in the US where every cigarette smoker converts to vapor products, the net decrease in accidents will still heavily outweigh the death, burden, and financial loss caused by smoking related fires.
Special interest groups have been trying to convince you that vaping leads to smoking. They claim a person is 4 to 7 times more likely to smoke combustible cigarettes once they try vaping.
9 longitudinal studies were picked out of 6,959 studies to support this claim.
The originating set of study data conducted in Connecticut showed an almost 100% increase in cigarette usage over 2 years, while the national rate declined.
To contrast this, study data was cut short in 2014 because vapor usage was increasing, as combustible cigarette usage was declining.
Why would a person switch from vaping, to more expensive, smelly, more harmful cigarettes? If vaping is banned of course, which is the goal of their propaganda.
According to studies, nicotine by itself is not addictive. It can create a dependence though, which is not the same as the medical definition of addiction, though the media likes to use the terms interchangably.
The tobacco industry knew that nicotine wasn't addictive enough, that's why cigarettes have additives to make them more addictive. These additives don't exist in vapor products.
If nicotine is addictive, why do smoking cessation products (gum, patches) contain nicotine at the same levels as cigarettes?
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