Iowa Attorney General Takes a Pro-Vape Stance In Public Statement
This week, we witnessed a monumental shift in the vaping rhetoric coming from public health authorities. The Iowa Attorney General made history as the first American AG to publicly back vaping as a smart option for smokers who are trying to quit. Tom Miller, Attorney General for Iowa, cautioned against painting vapor products as harmful and urged Americans to understand the differences between vaping and tobacco use.
Miller said that cigarettes are far more harmful than vapor products and the two shouldn’t be regulated interchangeably. “The harm of the combustible cigarette is dramatically greater than the harm of the e-cigarette. The combustible cigarette is by far the most harmful consumer product known to mankind, killing 480,000 people each year in the United States alone. This is largely due to the many deadly toxins created and released by combustion.”
The Attorney General went on to explain that vapor products eliminate combustion and therefore, eliminate a large percentage of the risks involved. “A panel of experts estimates that the ecigarette is 95 percent less harmful. Some push back on this study, in part questioning the ability to put an exact number on it. Another estimate is 90-98 percent less harmful. But whatever number is correct, e-cigarettes are dramatically less harmful than combustible cigarettes.”
Of course, there is no ignoring the fact that the FDA and other health agencies in the United States have tried to paint vapor products as dangerous or even deadly. Miller responded to their efforts by calling for leaders to correct course before it’s too late.
“There has been an effort to say that combustible cigarettes and ecigarettes are equally harmful, that their companies are equally evil, and that they should be strongly regulated the same way. This view is incorrect, but it has gotten significant traction. Polling indicates that 32 percent of Americans believe that combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes are equally harmful. This means that as many as 13 million adult smokers believe them to be equally harmful, and are very unlikely to switch when switching may save their lives.”
Miller admitted that most agencies make false statements about ecigs with good intentions. They genuinely want to protect the American public, but they are going about it the wrong way due to common misconceptions and failure to read legitimate research.
Do you think other health leaders will take notice now that the first attorney general has taken a public stand for vaping? Will this add some momentum to fight against unfair vapor regulations?