You Won’t Believe Why Vaping Is Trending Now
The discussion has been heating up on social media over the last several weeks.
Thanks to public health agencies misattributing recent health issues to nicotine vaping, instead of counterfeit cannabis cartridges, legislators have hastily enacted several types of bans. For an industry that has only existed for a little over a decade, the climate surrounding vaping is growing increasingly hostile, with an uncertain future looming.
Last week the Trump Administration announced plans to ban the sale of most flavored vapor products, a move that appears to be in response to the previously stated misinformation surrounding vaping. Shortly after the proposal was announced, various hashtags like “#VapeBan” and “#VapingSavesLives” began trending on Twitter and other social media platforms as enthusiasts voiced their concerns.
These members of the vaping community have come out to share their own stories about how vaping has allowed them to quit smoking, and have noted there is no proposed ban on tobacco despite the millions of deaths directly attributed to it. Administration officials have defended the plans citing unconfirmed reports of illnesses misattributed to vaping. Critics note that the Administration may actually be bowing to mounting pressure from the public due to this misinformation.
Vaping advocates throughout the country have stood up in support of vaping, hoping to prevent an industry freefall due to heightened regulations and outrageous taxation. Enthusiasts feel that something which has been so beneficial to their health is under direct legislative assault and may soon be very difficult to access. With the increase of regulatory overreach and tax rates being raised as high as 90% in some municipalities, they may have a good reason for concern.
On September 11th, Trump Administration officials announced that it would ban the sale of most flavored vapor products, excluding tobacco. Under the direction of The White House, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will outline a plan during the coming weeks to remove most flavored vapor products from the market, controversially including both mint and menthol.
News of the ban immediately sparked discussion on social media with vaping advocates and enthusiasts posting under various hashtags such as “#VapeBan”, “#VapingSavesLives”, and “#IVapeIVote” to share their stories and concerns, with the former trending on twitter for a large part of the day. The posts ranged from heartwarming tales about how vaping has improved the health of former smokers, to fascinating conspiracy theories attributed to big tobacco, but most appeared to be in direct opposition to the proposed ban.
Many social media users noted that lawmakers have not proposed a ban on tobacco despite it being directly attributable to over 500,000 deaths per year, while the vaping ban was proposed after only six deaths have been reported. It should be noted that these deaths are far more likely to be caused by vaping illegally produced cannabis oil cartridges than vaping nicotine, as these cartridges have been attributed to multiple outbreaks already.
Despite the clear public outcry against the move, officials appear to be moving forward with plans for the ban. Public outrage continues to echo across all social media platforms as users feel as though their rights are being stripped away due to legislative overreach.
There is emerging evidence showing that flavor bans, such as the one proposed by the Trump Administration, may actually be detrimental to public health at large. Research from Yale University shows that by banning one of the primary things that helped them to switch to vaping, former smokers may take smoking up again.
Not only do these kinds of bans negatively impact former smokers, but the negative climate surrounding vaping may create a stigma which prevents current smokers from seeing it as a viable alternative. Research by Action on Smoking and Health found just 13% of adults believe vaping is safer than smoking, with 26% saying it’s just as bad, if not worse.
Research continues to prove the opposite, as a study published by the Journal of Aerosol Sciences found vapers have a 57,000 times lower risk of developing cancer compared to smokers. Separate independent studies from Public Health England and the Roswell Park Cancer Center found vaping to be 95% and 93% safer than smoking, respectively.
Nicotine vaping is a proven smoking cessation aid as well as a reduced-harm alternative to tobacco. A study conducted by the University of Louisville found vaping to be the single most effective smoking cessation tool available on the market today, beating out more traditional options such as quitting cold turkey or prescription nicotine replacement therapies.
The outcry against the ban and outpouring of support on social media is a mighty act of unity by the vaping community. Sharing stories of how vaping has helped them quit smoking and improve their overall health, as well as countering popular myths and misinformation in a friendly, informational manner is exactly what is needed to help shift the negative discussion surrounding vaping.
By sharing anecdotes and having personal discussions about vaping with those who are skeptical, the vaping community can help garner additional support to help push back against overreaching bans such as the one proposed by the Trump Administration. A major shift in public opinion can help curb hastily enacted bans as well as help to introduce better-informed regulation surrounding vaping.
The vaping community must continue to remain active in supporting vaping on social media platforms. Positive engagement and open discussion are one of the most potent ways to make your case and get people to support your position.
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