Sunday, September 8, 2019

Nicotine Vaping is NOT the Culprit Behind Recent Lung Issues According To CDC and the FDA

The recent scare tactic to get people to stop vaping has nothing to do with nicotine, and the FDA and CDC have both stated this, while still labeling it vaping.  You can read the article presented by the FDA here:

Vaping Illnesses: Consumers can Help Protect Themselves by Avoiding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-Containing Vaping Products

"...many of the samples tested by the states or by the FDA as part of this ongoing investigation have been identified as vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, a psychoactive component of the marijuana plant)."

Via CASAA "To date, none of the cases of lung illness are being linked to a legal, commercially available nicotine vapor product. Moreover, according to an article in the New York Times, “Public health officials have underscored one fundamental point: that the surge in illnesses is a new phenomenon and not merely a recognition of a syndrome that may have been developing for years.” In other words, these cases of lung illness are unlikely to be a result of long-term use of vapor products–nicotine or THC."

I encourage you to read that above paragraph again and let it be known that NONE OF THE CASES ARE LINKED to legal, commercially available NICOTINE products.  That cannot be stressed enough.  I'm not here to throw the marijuana (THC) sellers under the bus either, because it appears that this was also from black-market versions being sold on the streets and not legal vendors of said products.  While I have never used a THC product, nor have the inclination to do so, it's imperative that the public has information that is truthful and concise, so I've added it here.

Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer,  overstepped her boundaries without having conclusive information or chose to ignore it to further her agenda to destroy vaping in her state.  Only she can validate the reason for her failure in protecting public health, so I'll leave those answers to her.  She can be contacted via her website at  and I do encourage you to reach out to her office and ask why she jumped the gun, making such a totalitarian decision.  Her decision to create a flavor ban without respecting the rights of her constituents as adults to choose a smoking cessation that works for them is a gross overreach and should be called out. 
She has also opened the door to other totalitarian governors to follow in her footsteps, which is something we will be watching very carefully over the next few months.  This is a huge determent to vape shop owners in Michigan and I encourage those small business owners to work together to put a lawsuit against her overreach of power and violating the rights of adult Americans in her geographic location.  

The readers that know me, understand that after a COPD diagnosis in 2015, I turned to vaping as my smoking cessation method when all pharmaceutical options had failed me.   I have not stopped vaping, nor will I, and fully support vaping as the number one success method.  I have undeniable proof that since switching completely to vaping and not smoking in 2015, my pulmonary function tests have steadily improved and scientifically that evidence gives me all the information I need to make a personal decision for myself.  

What my readers may, or may not know, is that I worked as a respiratory technician from 2001-2008, until I began a full-time writing career.  During those years, I watched many of my patients die or end up on ventilators from cigarette smoking, and even I couldn't stop the horrible addictive nature of smoking.  Vaping was the only thing that turned me away from cigarettes.  This has been a very positive experience for me, and I have not had bronchitis or pneumonia (Chronic Bronchitis was the reason for my COPD diagnosis) since I began vaping.  Those facts speak volumes to me.  The facts remain that smoking cigarettes is responsible for over 400,000 deaths in America alone.  It is my opinion that until every single pack of cigarettes are removed from the shelves, that banning vaping, either by flavor bans, or anything else, should not even be a consideration for public health.

Don't take my word for that fact in the photo above.  The FDA has compiled information stating the horrible effects of smoking on Americans and have listed facts that are as follows:

Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.1

  • More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
  • For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.

  • Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 7 million deaths per year.2 If the pattern of smoking all over the globe doesn’t change, more than 8 million people a year will die from diseases related to tobacco use by 2030.3
  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.1
  • On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.4
  • If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today.1


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