Debate Continues, As Yet Another Country Aims To Ban Vaping
An Egyptian MP recently called for a ban on e-cigarette imports and sales across the country.
The debate over vaping has been raging for almost as long as modern vaping’s been in the public eye. While many remain skeptical of its impact, a growing pile of evidence proves they’re much safer than continued smoking.
Given how new vaping is, it’s only natural that there would be so many different opinions on how to regulate the devices. However, despite the growing positive evidence, yet another nation is seeking to ban vaping outright thanks to rampant misinformation.
An Egyptian MP recently submitted a motion which would have e-cigarettes of all kinds banned from the country. With the news of yet another nation weighing the idea of prohibiting vaping, it raises the question of vaping’s efficacy once again.
The vaping community remains resolute in the value e-cigarettes provide, but many worry the misinformation has become too difficult to combat effectively. Experts are unsure if this latest proposal will result in an actual ban, but either way, it highlights a worrying trend for the entire vaping industry.
It was earlier this week that Amal Rizk-Allah, of the House of Representatives, said the government should move swiftly to ban the import and sale of e-cigarettes across the country. She referenced claims from the World Health Organization on the safety of vaping. Claims which have been rebuked by many experts.
Even worse, Rep Rizk-Allah said she believes vaping is even more dangerous than smoking, and should be banned while cigarettes remain available for sale. Her plea to the Ministry of Foreign Trade is currently being assessed, with experts split on the potential outcome. Either way, the vaping community is sad to see yet another nation potentially ban the sale of vaping while smoking is still legal.
She also took particular time to make the case that continued access to vaping will put children in harm’s way, along with everyone else. The few pieces of evidence she provided are similar in nature to the effects of smoking, with researchers increasingly agreed vaping is much safer than smoking.
However things play out in Egypt; it still goes to show that 2019 really is a make or break year for the vaping industry. One thing that many in the vaping community now believe is that it’s never been more critical than now to make your voice heard.
The Case For Vaping
Legislators in many parts of the world are looking to ban vaping, or at the very least, treat it like smoking. Making this trend worse is all the positive information we’ve gained in the last ten years about e-cigarettes.
Going back to 2015, we got our first large scale report from Public Health England, which concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. More recently, a report from Roswell Park showed vapor has 93% fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke.
But to really understand how much safer vaping is than smoking, consider the report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is around 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
Perhaps most importantly, we have extensive studies which confirm vaping isn’t leading our kids into a lifetime of smoking. In fact, a report of over 60,000 teens concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever vaping more than a couple of times, let alone making the jump to combustible cigarettes.
Public health officials need to do what they think is best for their citizens, but that also means they should be taking a deeper look at the available evidence. Instead, it seems that many legislators are content using the negative perception of vaping in their favor.
If we continue to let this happen, it may only be a matter of time until the vaping industry is merely a shell of its former self. That would be one of the biggest loses for public health in a long time, and we can’t let it happen without a fight.
If you want to help ensure your vaping rights into the future, the best thing you can do is make your voice heard. Talk to your legislators, and tell them how much vaping has meant for you and your health. By standing together, we have the best chance to protect our vaping rights.
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