Experts Say Vaping Bans Ignore Science and “Pander to Hypochondria”
Vapers in Maine are facing a flurry of new restrictions thanks to a law that equates vaping with smoking. Now vaping is prohibited in restaurants, bars, parks, and even on the public beaches. While lawmakers are celebrating the new vape restrictions, many health experts are condemning the law as counterproductive.
Christopher Snowdon serves as the director of lifestyle economics for the Institute of Economic Affairs. He recently spoke out about Maine’s decision to ban vaping, calling it pointless. “No credible evidence has ever been produced to justify vaping bans on the grounds of health to bystanders,” he argued. “The vapor from e-cigarettes is indistinguishable from air, as far as health is concerned. Any authorities that ban vaping on grounds of secondhand vapor are pandering to hypochondria.”
Snowdon went on to explain that vaping is actually much safer than smoking, but lawmakers are ignoring this fact simply because they want to maximize tax revenue. “E-cigarettes and other safer nicotine products have the potential to virtually eradicate smoking within a generation. This would leave a serious hole in state budgets, so it would not be surprising if they start taxing e-cigarettes.”
As bans on public vaping continue to increase around the nation, Snowdon said our founding fathers would be ashamed. “It is madness of every level. It is contrary to science, health, and liberty,” he explained.
There are many others who agree with Snowdon’s point of view. For instance, Nathan Strout, an associate for the Maine Heritage Policy Center, also believes the vaping ban is a bad idea. “While e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes may seem similar to a casual observer, equating them ignores the vast differences between the two products,” Strout stated. “Anyone who claims e-cigarettes are just as bad for you as traditional cigarettes clearly has no understanding of how e-cigarettes work and the research that has been done on them.”
Strout criticized Maine’s lawmakers for ignoring science and misleading the state’s vulnerable citizens. “Some state legislators never take time to do their research, instead choosing to take hyperbolic and misleading headlines at face value.”
As more advocates rise up to defend the vaping movement, will it make a difference? Do you think lawmakers will ever really consider the evidence that vaping is a better choice than smoking?