11 Studies the FDA Must Read Before Regulating Vaping
The FDA is in the final stages of preparing regulations that could change the vaping world forever. While the final regulatory proposal is awaiting White House approval, many vaping advocates are fearful for the future. Leaked documents show that the FDA will require any vaping devices released after February 15, 2007 to apply retroactively for approval, which will in essence create a de facto ban on vaping as we know it.
No matter how you look at it, one thing is certain. The FDA clearly either hasn’t read much research or they are simply choosing to ignore it. If you take a look at the science surrounding vaping, there is no denying that this industry is crucial to help smokers kick the tobacco habit. With millions of lives at risk, we cannot afford to accept these new regulations sitting down. Here are 11 studies that the FDA must examine closely before they move forward with their plans to regulate vaping.
1. Vaping Bans Ultimately Lead to Higher Teen Smoking Rates
The FDA wants to ban the sale of all vaping devices to anyone under age 18, but that might not be such a great idea. In this study from the Journal of Health Economics, a Yale researcher found that if you ban teens from vaping, it only causes youth smoking rates to climb.
2. Nicotine Offers Major Cognitive Benefits When Used Apart From Tobacco
One of the FDA’s favorite arguments is that we need regulation because vaping devices usually include nicotine. But nicotine isn’t necessarily bad when it’s isolated apart from tobacco. Dr. David Dominic studied the impact of nicotine and found that it actually carries many benefits. Occasional nicotine use can cause better focus, better concentration, significant improvements in fine motor skills, and even improved short-term memory.
3. Vaping is 95% Safer Than Smoking Regular Cigarettes
The FDA insists that we just don’t know enough about the health impact of vaping, but research suggests otherwise. In a recent report from Public Health England, experts revealed that vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking. In fact, PHE suggested that we could save 76,000 lives per year just by convincing smokers to switch to vaping.
4. Vapor Contains 450 Times Fewer Toxins Than Cigarette Smoke
Sure, vapers like to blow big clouds, but it’s not a problem when you examine what is (and isn’t) lurking in the fog. Deep in the archives of Tobacco Control, you can find a study that the FDA has clearly ignored. This research reveals that secondhand vapor poses no threat and the vapor actually contains 450 times fewer carcinogens than tobacco smoke.
5. Inhaling Vapor Is No More Toxic Than Breathing Normal Air
If the prior study isn’t enough to convince the FDA to back off, this next one should definitely do the trick. Published in Science Direct, this study revealed that vapor was comparable to regular room air. Plus air samples showed that cigarette smoke contained 1,500 times more carcinogens than the vapor.
6. Toothpaste Poisons More Kids than E-Liquids
The FDA claims we need regulations because eliquids are putting kids at risk. They release scary stories about calls to poison control hotlines when kids ingest e-liquid. But the truth is clear if you look at this report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. There are far more poisoning scares from kids swallowing toothpaste or other cosmetics than calls related to eliquid exposure.
7. Vaping Reduces Tobacco-Related Death and Diseases
The FDA is trying to regulate vaping devices like tobacco products despite the fact that they are completely tobacco-free. But studies show this might be a deadly approach because vaping is actually a smart choice for smokers that want to quit. After months of research, the National Center for Biotechnology Information said vaping “may be the greatest advance in reducing tobacco-attributable illness and death in decades.”
8. 1 in 10 Americans Vape in an Effort to Stop Smoking
The FDA seems to think that Americans aren’t concerned about upcoming vaping regulations, but they are wrong. A Reuters poll from earlier this year revealed that 1 in 10 Americans are vapers and the vast majority of these people are former smokers. With 10 percent of Americans relying on vaping to stay tobacco-free, you can be certain that people don’t want to see the vaping industry held back with regulations from an agency that clearly hasn’t done their research.
9. Smokers Show Major Health Improvements When They Switch to Vaping
While the FDA believes we need more research to know if vaping is a healthy alternative, there are plenty of previous studies that make the answer clear. For instance, this study showed that 91 percent of smokers had significant health improvements after they switched to vaping. A shocking 97 percent reported a drastic reduction or complete elimination of chronic coughs.
10. Having Access to a Variety of Flavors is Crucial for Vapers to Remain Tobacco-Free
Under the proposed regulations, a large portion of the current eliquid flavors could soon disappear forever. Inundated with time consuming and expensive paperwork, many of our favorite eliquid companies might end up going out of business. This would be disastrous for vapers who rely on a variety of flavors to keep vaping enticing. Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos did a study to find out just how important flavors were to current vapers. He concluded that those flavors that the FDA might be eliminating are “important contributors in reducing or eliminating smoking consumption.”
11. Vaping Regulations Could Be a Fatal Mistake for Public Health
If you believe that FDA regulations will only make the vaping world better, it’s time to reconsider. Dr. Gilbert Ross, the medical and executive director for the American Council on Science and Health, has previously spoken out in fierce opposition of FDA regulations. After much research, Ross claimed that moving forward with regulations could be a deadly decision for public health in the long run.
These 11 studies provide all the evidence we need to be clear that vaping is an important step forward for public health. If the FDA moves forward with regulations as they were written in the earlier proposal, it could spell disaster for vapers across the country.