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E-Cigarettes Could the Save the Lives of Millions of Smokers. Why Aren???t We Talking About It?

Posted by [email protected] on July 29, 2019 at 4:50 PM

E-cigarettes have been getting a lot of bad press lately. The leading manufacturer in the US, Juul, is under investigation for marketing to minors. Now the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for July 24.

Separately, the Surgeon General has issued dire warnings about an “epidemic” of teen vaping. Regulators and local policymakers are cracking down on the industry. Public health advocates have (wrongly) condemned e-cigarettes as unsafe, lumping them in with combustible tobacco products.

But there’s another side to the story that isn’t attracting enough attention: Mounting evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are remarkably effective at getting smokers to quit. In a country of 34.3 million smokers, where 1,300 people succumb to smoking-related illnesses every day, one would think that policymakers would be eager to popularize a product that could save the lives of millions.

Public Health England, a highly-respected institution in the U.K., has concluded that e-cigarettes are at least 95 percent less harmful than conventional cigarettes, and other health organizations, including the Royal College of Physicians, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and American Cancer Society, have acknowledged that vaping is far safer than smoking.

Steve Pociask


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