E-cigarette- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s advice
The American Vaping Association has given insight into another perspective about e-cigarettes. The year 2016 is a critical year for e-cigarettes as many countries are taking different methods or either promoting, regulating, or banning vaporizers. Mixed views has created a crater between people supporting and people against vaping. The article below (article title: “Iowa AG Tells the Truth About E-Cigarettes”) shows the perspective of an attorney general in Iowa regarding e-cigarettes.
“DES MOINES, IA –Iowa smokers looking to ring in 2016 by kicking the habit shouldn’t be scared away from using electronic cigarettes. That’s according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a longtime foe of the tobacco industry and Chairman of the anti-tobacco organization the Truth Campaign. In response, the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, is applauding Miller for becoming the first AG in the country to fight back against vaping misinformation.
In a statement released last week, Miller adds his voice to a growing chorus of public health advocates and researchers who agree that vaping is far less hazardous than smoking. He cites two estimates of the relative risk of vaping — 95% and 90-98% less hazardous than smoking. “But whatever number is correct, e-cigarettes are dramatically less harmful than combustible cigarettes,” writes Miller.
As Miller explains, confusion about vapor products is growing and has the capacity to harm public health. “Polling indicates that 32% of Americans believe that combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes are equally harmful,” writes Miller. “This means that as many as 13 million adult smokers believe them to be equally harmful, and are very unlikely to switch when switching may save their lives.”
Miller recognizes why many activists are so negative on vaping — a desire to keep youth from using the product — but expressed his discomfort with the strategy. “[A]dults misleading kids to get them to do what we want has always been a failed strategy.”
Miller also takes issue with “a misconception” that surrounds the debate about e-cigarette use by youth — the false idea that vaping once in a 30 day period makes someone a “regular user.” Miller advocates for looking closer at the numbers and judging both past month and habitual usage. ‘The numbers should be seen together — 13% used e-cigarettes once or more in the last 30 days; 2% have used an e-cigarette 20 or more days in the last 30 days.’” (American Vaping Association)
Incorrect information about e-cigarettes are completely undermining the potential that e-cigarettes have as an alternative to smoking. Like stated in the article, it leads people away from making the switch to vaping believing that smoking and vaping are similar. Correct information needs to be provided to the public to ensure the existence of e-cigarettes. If e-cigarettes are to be eradicated from society, it would mean than millions of smokers will lose one of the best alternatives to smoking.
By trying to promote public health by regulating and banning e-cigarettes, many are only doing the opposite. Smokers will begin to have a negative insight into e-cigarettes making them unwilling to make the switch and continue the usage of conventional cigarettes. Those who have been supporting vaping has constantly stated that though e-cigarettes may not be perfectly safe, it is still less hazardous than smoking. Would providing a safer alternative to smoking not be a good start to reduce the thousands of deaths occurring from smoking? Many seem intent on the problem of vaping but fail to mention the dire problems that arise from smoking. With a good overall view of both smoking and vaping, it is probable that majority of smokers will switch to vaping.