Harvard Survey Reveals How Americans Really Perceive Vaping
If you scan recent vaping headlines, you will find an unending stream of deception, myths, and outright lies. The tobacco giants and the major pharmaceutical companies will do anything possible to convince the American people that vaping is toxic even when science proves otherwise. Ultimately, vaping poses a threat – not to public health and not to the progress we’ve made in the war against smoking. It poses a threat to the profits of Big Tobacco and Big Pharma. If the world’s smokers are able to finally kick the habit with vaping, they will no longer need cigarettes or prescription drugs, pills, and patches aimed at smoking cessation. The threat is so big that these billion dollar industries have gone to extreme lengths to paint vaping in a bad light. But is it working?
This week, a new survey from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health revealed exactly how Americans perceive vaping. A staggering 32 percent of Americans surveyed said they believed vaping was just as harmful as smoking. Even worse, six percent said they believed vaping was more dangerous than smoking cigarettes. When you consider that vaping eliminates tobacco, tar, and hundreds of carcinogens, it’s hard to understand why people believe this is a real threat. There has never been even one link discovered between vaping and lung cancer, yet thousands of smokers die from lung cancer every year. Vaping isn’t the enemy so how has the public perception gone so wrong?
If Harvard researchers had asked the scientific community the same questions about vaping, the answers would have been dramatically different. The research is so strongly in favor of vaping that Public Health England recommends it as the best choice for smokers who want to quit. This summer, a study from PHE revealed that vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking. However, the American public has been so deceived by the media that they just don’t understand what’s at stake.
Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, said the survey results are scandalous. “Let’s be clear – there is no doubt in the scientific community that vaping is far less hazardous than inhaling burning tobacco smoke. The fact that more than half to the American population can’t answer this question accurately is a scandal.”
America’s vaping industry is standing at a crossroads today with FDA regulations looming and threatening to wipe out the vast majority of vaping products in one swoop. But how can we fight unfair regulations if the majority of Americans are so misinformed about how vaping impacts their health?
Conley believes American health leaders and crooked media outlets should be held accountable for the damage that we see unfolding before us. “The public health establishment should be called to task for their role in misinforming Americans about these reduced harm technology products,” he said.
Are you surprised to hear that most Americans think vaping is just as harmful as smoking? Is it too late to spread awareness and stop the FDA from launching a full force attack?