Vaping Rights! See What Some Experts Say Is “Unacceptable” To Do To Vapers
Many feel that forcing vapers into smoking only areas is only placing them at risk of relapsing
The FDA’s current regulations on vaporizers and e-liquids treat them the same as tobacco products. This is problematic for many different reasons. Firstly, this stance supports the masses of misinformation and bias that the general public is already exposed to about the dangers of vaping. Instead of supporting a product that could potentially improve or even save the lives of millions of smokers, the FDA is telling people that vaping is just as bad as cigarettes.
This, of course, has been proven many times over to be untrue. It is also a problem because these stances make it acceptable for many areas, such as businesses and government buildings to banish vapers to smoking areas. While many feel this is just part of vaping etiquette, facing the regulations without a fight, some health officials are saying that this sort of treatment can put vaper’s progress at serious risk.
Dr. Kathryn Scott, executive director of the Yorkshire Cancer Research Center in Great Britain, says that forcing vapers to use smoking area will decrease the likeliness of them staying off of cigarettes. “ Vaping is a different activity to smoking,” says Dr. Scott, “and should be treated as such. It is not acceptable to require vapers to share the same outdoor space as smokers, or to ban e-cigarette use… Vaping should be made a more convenient, as well as a safer option.”
Placing these vapers, the majority of whom are former smokers, in this situation is akin to making an alcoholic go to a bar every time they drink a glass of water. And with regulations like these in place to make people believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking cigarettes, it is likely to result in significantly fewer people choosing to take up vaping and quit smoking. Dr. Scott concluded, “Negative coverage in the media has led to a misconception that vaping is dangerous, when the reality is that e-cigarettes have the potential to reduce the harm from tobacco caused to smokers, those around them and the wider society.”
The Statistics On Vaping
Around the world, smoking causes more preventable deaths than anything else. Over the past decade, many studies have been conducted, looking into the relative safety of vaping compared with smoking. In her interview, Dr. Scott cited a now-famous study by Public Health England which found that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. Since it was first published in 2015, this study has been supported many times by other’s findings. For example, another study found that a vaper faces around 57,000 times lower risk of developing cancer than a smoker of a similar background.
Not only has vaping been proven to be safer, but it’s also been shown to be the most effective tool for those looking to quit smoking. A study that was conducted at the University of Louisville found that when compared to nicotine gums and patches, as well as prescription drugs, e-cigarettes were most likely to help people quit smoking. What’s better is these results indicate that vaping can help them to stay off smoking in the long run.
These FDA regulations, along with the many business and governmental policies that place vapers in the “smoking only” sections, must be changed. These views directly put vapers at a higher risk of relapsing into tobacco use. They also support and even promote the unwarranted, and misleading views on vaping held by the general public.
If the FDA truly wants to help people quit smoking, then they would be better off supporting and promoting the use of vaporizers. However, the sustained rumors and attacks by the media and the anti-vaping lobby seem to have only reinforced the negative perception of vaping. The FDA and anti-vaping lobby continue to unwittingly do work for big tobacco by discouraging the use of vaporizers, denying millions of people a top-tier smoking cessation and harm reduction tool.
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