Public Health Professor: War on Vaping Kills Smokers and Protects Big Tobacco

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Professor David Sweanor is no stranger to the dangers of smoking. As one of the leading anti-tobacco activists in the world, he has spent more than three decades trying to rid the world of cigarettes. He played an integral role in Canada’s tobacco related policies and he has been a staunch supporter of the anti-smoking movement. In a recent interview, Sweanor courageously spoke out against many of his colleagues who have condemned vaping. He defended vapor devices as a smart alternative for smokers and urged that the war on vaping must stop or it could cause devastating consequences to public health worldwide.

Sweanor said the anti-smoking lobby’s obsession with demonizing vapor products is mind-boggling. “I think it’s one of the most counter-productive things that we’ve ever seen,” he said. “We’ve known for decades people smoke for the nicotine, they die from the tar, they die from the smoke. That the nicotine itself, that the dosage level somebody’s looking for is not particularly hazardous so it can be usefully compared to caffeine.”

Nicotine is not the enemy and Sweanor said that caffeine would be just as deadly if people were smoking it. “If we got our caffeine by smoking tea leaves rather than brewing tea, that too would be killing us not because of the caffeine but because we’d be sucking smoke into our lungs.”

By eliminating the smoke from the equation, Sweanor said that vaping devices have offered a much safer alternative for smokers. “Anybody who’s open minded and actually understands the science and is willing to look at it, is saying there is no question that it’s way less hazardous.”

Sweanor finds it puzzling that so many people support legalizing marijuana and needle exchange programs, but they have an abstinence-only mentality when it comes to nicotine use. It’s not a black and white issue though. Even worse, by painting vapor products as evil, it’s causing many smokers to shy away from switching because they falsely assume that vaping will be no safer than smoking. “It’s scaring people and if you have reputable institutions coming up with research that is saying how bad these things are, again, it’s telling smokers ‘keep smoking’.”

As for those pushing for tight regulations on vaping products in his homeland, Sweanor said their actions would have devastating effects long-term. “All they’re really doing is protecting the cigarette business and killing more Canadians.”

Dustin has been vaping for almost a decade. He found e-cigarettes in 2008 and quickly became drawn to them as an early adopter. He's been writing reviews ever since and has established himself as a well-versed authority on the subject.

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5 Responses

  1. Albert says:

    To give e- vapes a bad press, is like comparing non alcoholic beers to your daily units. both do not come anywhere near it. put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  2. Delisa says:

    I tried everything. Patches blistered my skin, the Pills made me sick & the gum…just plain nasty. I smoked for over 30 years. My step-son recommended vaping. I’d never heard of it before. He took my husband & I to a Vape place here in town, and my journey began. The flavoring was so good. After about a month…I started mixing my own AND decreasing the nicotine level each week. 3 months later…I’m a non smoker. I still vaped, but the nicotine level was ZERO!! That was nearly 4 years ago. I still vape from time to time, especially when I’m nervous or worried. After everything else failed, vaping worked. After 30+ years, I’m a non smoker! It’s been so long, that seeing someone smoking seems foreign to me and weird. I had tried so many times, in so many ways to stop smoking, and vaping did it for me. And it cost a whole lot less. I can’t say enough about Vaping. It changed my life. Nobody will ever convince me that it’s bad.

  3. Iro says:

    The anti-vaping lobbyists are not protecting the tobacco industry. They are protecting their careers and the pharmaceutical industry that funds a substantial number of them. E-cigarettes threw a monkey wrench in Big Pharma’s anti-smoking marketing plan and they won’t have it. They didn’t ivest all these billions (worldwide) in anti-smoking in the aim to gain the nicotine market through inhalers/patches/gum/lozenges only to see a third party in the nicotine wars, the e-cigarette, enter the market. And the nicotine market is not all Big Pharma is after. Many people who give up smoking replace their cravings with food, and their need for coping with every day life and relaxation through anxyolitics and anti-depressants. The war on obesity and the psychotic prescriptions are even bigger makets than anti-smoking for Big Pharma. They are laughing all the way to the bank from every angle.

  4. Jamal Mahmoud says:

    Are so naive to think that Big Tobacco and Big Pharma were going to let vaping industry roam free in the markets. They are well aware the e-cig revolution can destroy their drug peddling companies. Big Tobacco and Big Pharma are the real criminals of our time. They smile in your face but be the first people to sell our children cigarettes and give them Ritalin.

    The struggle continues comrades, and we need just to keep on educating the people of the harmful effects of cigarettes and prescription drugs. It is our calling in life to enrich the lives of our human family. I remind myself first and foremost that we should pray for our enemies. Maybe they will come to their senses. Our enemies will find serenity by helping, instead of profiteering of harmful drugs.

    I am an ex-smoker, my father has been smoking all his life, his doctor told him that electronic cigarette is worst than smoking cigarettes [sic]. Now my dad is adamant about not quitting cigarettes. So, what is a soldier suppose to do? I will keep informing him that there is a chance, my father just has to make that step towards to freedom.

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