The San Francisco Department of Public Health probably thought it was just clever marketing when they launched their new #curbit campaign, but they apparently forgot to do some basic fact checking. As dozens of posters and billboards have popped up across the city, the #curbit campaign has tried to convince locals that vaping is just as bad as smoking and should be limited to the “curb”. It didn’t take long to find actual proof that their cute marketing is nothing more than fear mongering and lies. Here are 10 real studies that disprove some of the statements we’ve already seen from the #curbit campaign.
1. Ecigs Improve Health for 91 Percent of Smokers that Switch
According to the #curbit marketing, “e-cigarettes are harmful, just like cigarettes”. But if you want to know the truth, just read this study where independent university researchers found that 91 percent of smokers had noticeable health improvements after switching to vaping. Remember that old smoker’s cough? Scientists found that 97 percent of smokers eliminate it or drastically reduce it after swapping out their old tobacco smokes for ecigs.
2. Ecigs Do Not Lead Teens to More Frequent Smoking Addictions
The San Francisco Department of Health claims that “flavored e-cigarettes hook teens on nicotine.” But studies show that ecigs don’t lead to higher rates of teen smoking at all. In fact, out of 1,300 college students that use ecigs, only one individual had never smoked a cigarette. Teens are switching to ecigs to avoid tobacco addictions, not vice versa.
3. Ecigs Have Reduced Teen Smoking Rates to Historical Lows
The #curbit campaign paints ecigs as the enemy by pointing to CDC statistics claiming 263,000 teens have used e-cigs but never smoked. These numbers are highly misleading because the surveys didn’t find out if teens were regular vapers or had simply taken one puff on an ecig. They also didn’t ask teens if the ecigs they tried contained nicotine and there are plenty out there that are nicotine-free.
President Gregory Conley from the American Vaping Association said the most important aspect of the recent surveys has been completely ignored. “The most important part of this survey is also likely to be the most underreported – youth smoking has declined to a record low,” he explained. “This drop in youth smoking comes despite several years of hype and conjecture by reckless activists who have been keen to portray vaping as a gateway to traditional cigarettes.”
4. Ecig Vapor Has Far Less Toxins and Carcinogens than Cigarette Smoke
San Francisco health activists claim, “E-cigarettes contain tobacco related carcinogens, toxic chemicals, and heavy metals.” They also allege that ecig vapor has “toxic and cancer-causing metals and chemicals”. But is it true? According to Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, after many hours of research, he says there is no scientific evidence to back those claims. “Overall, the residual risk from e-cigarette use is orders of magnitude lower than smoking. This is exactly what smokers need (and deserve) to know.”
5. Nicotine In E-Cigarettes Is Not Linked to Cancer
Ecig critics want you to believe that ecigs will still give you cancer because they contain nicotine. But studies equate the health impacts of nicotine to consuming caffeine with no evidence that it could cause a higher risk for developing cancer. When you consume nicotine, the impact to your body is similar to drinking a cup of coffee – you might have a slightly increase in heart rate and blood pressure, but the overall risk is quite small.
6. Flavored E-liquids Help People Quit Smoking
The #curbit campaign says, “E-cigarettes are heavily marketed to youth using sweet flavors.” However, this study found that those sweet flavors actually help smokers kick the habit. The vast majority of e-cig users rely on non-tobacco flavors to help them avoid nicotine. Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos said the variety of e-liquid flavors “are important contributors in reducing or eliminating smoking consumption.”
7. Ecig Vapor Creates No Secondhand Toxins.
San Francisco’s Department of Public Health insists that ecigs be kicked to the curb because the vapor is a threat to public health. They claim, “E-cigarettes emit a pollution cloud that contains hazardous materials, presenting a potential danger to the public and secondhand harm to others.” But they must have skipped their research on this one because there are numerous studies that prove them wrong. Researchers proved that ecig vapor will dissipate within an average of 11 seconds while cigarette smoke can linger for more than 20 minutes. Another study found that there were no combustion related toxins in ecig vapor at all.
8. Ecigs Help People Quit Smoking
Perhaps the most damaging aspect of the #curbit campaign is the attempt to equate ecigs and tobacco cigarettes with lines like “Ecigs are cigs”. This is absolutely false and there are multiple differences. Not only are ecigs tobacco free, but there is no tar, no flame, and no combustion to create toxins like you find in cigarettes. Tony Newman, the communications director of the Drug Policy Alliance said, “It seems like every day we hear a new attack – yet these products are actually helping some people quit or cut back on the much more dangerous alternative of smoking tobacco.”
9. Ecigs are Less Addictive Than Tobacco Cigarettes.
Critics claim, “E-cigarettes are just the latest gimmick from Big Tobacco to hook a new generation on their products.” But it’s important to note that ecigs were not born from the tobacco industry and less than 1 percent of the market is tied to Big Tobacco. Furthermore, studies from Penn State College of Medicine recently found that electronic cigarettes are less addictive than tobacco cigarettes. They aren’t hooks used to lure innocents into a lifelong tobacco addiction because scientists said vapers are far less dependent on ecigs than they were when smoking analog cigs.
10. Regulating Ecigs Could Be Deadly for Public Health
The #curbit campaign tries to discredit ecigs because they are not currently regulated by the FDA. However, there are local laws in place in San Francisco that prohibit ecig sales to minors. Dr. Gilbert Ross, the medical and executive director of the American Council on Science and Health, argued that research proves ecigs are healthier than tobacco cigarettes. He believes imposing harsh regulations could actually be deadly for public health in today’s society.
It’s clear that San Francisco is turning a blind eye to scientific research and they want to ignore the facts so they can carry on with their bogus #curbit campaign. But it’s our job to refute their claims and spread the word so that ecigs get a fair chance. Do your part and spread the word on these studies so that people can hear how life changing it is when you switch to electronic cigarettes.