Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Demand Public Health Prove That Legal Nicotine Vaping Has Harmed One Person




The facts are, the public health system has no proof that vaping legal nicotine products has harmed one single person.  Proof is found by testing the blood or urine of a person claiming to have a lung injury from vaping and showing no THC in their lab results.  Not that Mr. John Doe (or Mrs.) said he only vaped legal product, because hearsay doesn't stand up in a court of law, and it certainly doesn't apply to a person who might hide the fact that he purchased an illegal product.   With that being said, a witch hunt against vaping for adults and flavor bans began with no physical proof, and to date, the CDC, nor any public health organization has come out with any proof to the public that legal nicotine vaping has caused harm.

From a scientific standpoint, one would have to surmise that this was a poorly researched smear campaign against the tobacco harm reduction offered by vaping.  With our public health putting out information without research, the mainstream news followed up by giving false information to American's and making this fiasco go viral.  Our President, going off information from public health, which again has released no proof to the public, compounded this issue by sending out a tweet about the dangers of vaping.  What we have is a failure in public health to give accurate information and possibly even skewed facts to cause a panic. 

As of October 1, 2019, 78% of vaping lung illnesses were reported to have been from people that used THC.  Again, we note, reported because without blood or urine tests they have no physical proof that the other percentage of people weren't also vaping illegal THC products.  With 78% of illnesses coming from THC, not nicotine, it's imperative that those that claim to have a lung illness from vaping be tested to show proof, or their claim is invalid. 

To delve into this further "Interviews about e-cigarette use were completed with 86 patients in Illinois and Wisconsin. Use of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette products, the majority of which were prefilled cartridges obtained from informal sources, was reported by 87% of patients during the 3 months preceding illness." This is from the CDC and can be verified here https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6839e2.htm  and once again, pay attention to the words reported because this could easily be more if blood and urine samples were taken.

Vaping, to most adults, means the use of nicotine products, not illegal drugs, and public health is not making it clear that these are two very different scenarios.  This opens up further concerns that the average person may not know that illegal black-market products are harming people, and they could very easily cause a bigger death toll if people abstain from legal nicotine products and buy from illegal vendors.  Another grave concern is that the banning of legal nicotine products will force more people to the black market for purchases, creating an epidemic. 

The CDC estimates that more than nine million people vape in the United States.  If vaping bans continue and all of these people turned to illegal products, it's easy to see the catastrophe we'd have on our hands.  Until the public health authorities have physical proof that legal nicotine vaping has caused a single death, it's in the publics' best interest that legal nicotine vaping remains available to thwart deaths from illegal products.  The burden of proof is on them.  They have a legal and moral obligation to do their jobs and stop releasing information falsely without proof to back up their findings.

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