You’ll Never Believe What Has Chuck Schumer Finally Calling Vaping A “Good Thing”

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer recently held a press conference on the dangers of counterfeit Juul pods and gave a surprising nod to e-cigarettes.

The debate over the efficacy of vaping has raged for almost as long as e-cigarettes have been around. While we have a ton more peer-reviewed evidence than we ever did before, the gap between sides has seemingly never been wider.

However, despite their significant disagreements, there are a few topics both sides seem to have no trouble agreeing about. One of these issues has traditionally been counterfeit e-liquids and pods, as both sides have a vested interest stopping potentially dangerous e-liquids which are masquerading as trusted brands.

That said, momentum may finally be shifting in favor of vaping. During a recent press conference about counterfeit Juul pods, Sen. Chuck Schumer said something most vapers probably never expected to hear. He acknowledged that adult smokers switching to vaporizers is a “good thing.”

While stopping well short of throwing his full support behind vaping, many see this as a distinct victory. The full impact of his comments remains to be seen, but regardless, going after counterfeit e-liquids is a worthwhile endeavor no matter what side of the vaping debate you’re on.

United Front

It was just earlier this week that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a press conference regarding an influx of counterfeit and potentially dangerous e-cigarette products imported from China. One of the main culprits has been fake Juul pods, which have unpredictable levels of nicotine, as well as potentially containing dangerous unknown chemicals.

He asked the FDA and border patrol to step in and start doing more thorough checks at ports and airports, along with enhanced monitoring to identify stores which are importing and distributing these fake products. His plan also targets online retailers who aren’t verifying age.

It was during this press conference he said: “When an adult goes from smoking regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes, that’s a good thing.” He then quickly lost some of that earned credit with vapers by once again falsely suggesting many non-smoking teens are vapers when much of the research suggests otherwise.

Regardless, Juul was glad to back what the Senator said about counterfeit Juul pods, with a spokesperson saying they applauded his efforts to fight the problem of fake pods. They went on to offer full support in fighting the “urgent problem that exacerbates youth access.”

What’s Really Happening

Despite what you hear from most media outlets, Juul Labs has done quite a lot to help fight teenage vaping. Even before the scrutiny of their brand heated up, they had pledged over $30 million to fund an independent research firm focused on understanding the long-term impact of e-cigarettes.

Over the last couple of years, they’ve been going above and beyond to prove their primary goal is helping adult smokers end their dependence once and for all. They launched an ad campaign specifically designed to teach parents how to tell if their child had started vaping, and they’re even on the cutting edge of new technology to prevent teenage access, such as geofences.

Looking past what Juul has done, and it’s clear to see why the tide is shifting around the value of vaping. For starters, fewer and fewer people are buying into the idea that non-smoking teens are eventually turning to full-blown smokers because of vaping.

A report by Action on Smoking and Health of over 60,000 students concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vape more than a few times. This means even fewer could possibly be ending up smokers because of vaping.

The harm reduction value of vaping has an even stronger case, with some reports concluding that in addition to being around 95% safer than smoking, the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is also approximately 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.

Implications

If even Chuck Schumer can start to see the value in vaporizers over cigarettes, then anyone should be able too. He has, for a long time now, been one of the most vocal opponents to vaporizers in general. So to see him matter-of-factly call vaping a “good thing” is a clear sign we’re winning the fight.

That said, we must take full advantage of the momentum we’ve built. If we don’t, it may only be a matter of time before the window is closed and the vaping industry is never the same.

So it’s up to all of us to spread all the positive information about vaping to the smokers in our lives. The more people who understand what they stand to gain by switching to vaping, the easier it will be to protect our rights.

Are you surprised to hear Chuck Schumer say something good about vaping? Do you think this is a sign of things to come or just an aberration? What’s the most important thing to remember about vaping in your opinion? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.

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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