Vaping Could Soon Be Banned In This State
Once again, state legislators are opting to equate vaping and smoking despite the strong evidence indicating their differences.
It’s nothing new for vaping to be the target of politicians and parents who are convinced they pose a significant risk to teens. In an effort to curb usage, several states have decided to treat vaping as if it was merely an alternative form of tobacco, just like cigars or cigarettes.
Wisconsin seems set to become the latest battleground for this fight, as legislators recently proposed expanding the states tobacco control laws to cover vaping products. Their main argument revolves around concerns legitimization of vapes is causing teens to pick up the habit.
While those still skeptical of vaping believe the move is necessary, the vaping community has heavily criticized these plans for failing to take the peer-reviewed evidence into account. They point to a growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence which strongly suggests e-cigarettes are an invaluable harm reduction and smoking cessation tool.
So while this type of policy update has become increasingly common, it’s still something vapers know must be stopped. Not only do these bans restrict access for adult users, but they make it more difficult for smokers to understand their harm reduction options.
Another Domino Set To Fall
It’s a bipartisan group of legislators who recently submitted a bill which aims to place vaping products under the jurisdiction of the states tobacco control act. Currently, the bill, which was enacted ten years ago, only gives the state the power to restrict access and usage of cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco.
When, and if, the ban is passed into law, experts say it will be very close to the one found in Milwaukee last year. One notable difference between this new proposal and earlier versions is this draft doesn’t mention marijuana vaping, which is illegal in the state.
Those in favor of the change believe it will ultimately help protect children and provide more value than harm. Experts disagree, pointing to studies which show properly regulating the vaping industry can have disastrous consequences.
It’s no surprise to see yet another bill of this fashion brought up in a state legislature. We’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of places which have taken this misguided stance on e-cigarettes. While it may seem like a prudent move for lawmakers, many people remain concerned about the broader impact.
Why Support Vaping
This is far from the first article, which proves the smoking cessation value of vaping. We have a massive report out of the University of Louisville, which tested all the most common smoking cessation methods and tools, ranging from cold turkey through prescription drugs. After testing each one, the team found vaping is the single most likely to lead to a successful quit attempt.
Looking past the smoking cessation value of vaping, and we have a ton of evidence proving the harm reduction value. Back in 2015, we got a massive report by Public Health England, which concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than continued smoking. More recently, reports out of Roswell Park have shown the toxicants in vapor is around 93% lower than in cigarette smoke.
Even more impressively, a report out of the Journal of Aerosol Science concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is around 57,000 times higher than a demographically similar vaper. This is just one of many reports highlighting the distinct differences between vaping and smoking.
As for concerns vaping is somehow leading to a new generation of smokers, we have reports disproving that as well. A study of over 60,000 teens by Public Health England found only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever vaping more than a few times. This means even fewer could ever be ending up smokers because of vaporizers.
These bans are just the latest sign vaping is under attack from the government. We’ve had to put up with more and more unfounded regulation, all while researchers continue to prove the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of e-cigarettes.
Not only are these bans limiting the freedoms of adult smokers who have been able to quit smoking thanks to vaping, but they paint a very misleading picture of the vaping industry presents. How many smokers who could have quit thanks to vaping will now never try thanks to misguided regulations?
While we won’t be able to stop this negative narrative overnight, it’s vital we keep working toward teaching others the value of vaping. Only by working together can we protect our vaping rights and help more smokers end their dependence on smoking once and for all.
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