It’s no secret that the CDC is taking a hard line approach in the war against electronic cigarettes. CDC reports accuse ecigs of acting as a gateway to teen smoking and putting the public at risk for formaldehyde exposure. The agency completely ignores the potential benefits of vaping and refuses to consider the many studies that prove their statements to be false. Their actions are purely hypocritical according to a recent Forbes article.
If you compare how the CDC is handling the growing problems with heroin addiction and the rising popularity of ecigs, you will see some vast differences. Heroin use has doubled over the past decade and we’ve seen overdoses quadruple. In response, the CDC has pushed for opiate replacements like methadone, needle exchange programs, and even hearings in Congress to combat the problem. But when it comes to America’s smoking epidemic, they are unwilling to compromise. Just as methadone can be a smart alternative to heroin to help the addict stop abusing the drug, ecigs can be a way for smokers to stop using tobacco products.
Forbes point out, “The CDC supports harm reduction for opiates… but warns smokers to stay away from e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. This flies in the face of the much-replicated data we have about the safety of these products relative to cigarettes.”
Numerous studies have shown that ecigarettes can effectively help smokers kick the habit. Plus, they are much less dangerous than conventional cigarettes because they eliminate carcinogens, tar, tobacco, and secondhand smoke completely. “The risks of cancer, lung disease, and heart disease are vastly diminished compared to smoking,” the Forbes article explained.
Yet the CDC rejects the potential for ecigs to be a smart alternative or even a smoking cessation tool. They demonize vaping and push for bans on public use. They publish reports aimed at scaring smokers away from ecigarettes. It’s a stark contrast when you look at how other countries are handling the ecig trend. In the UK, Public Health England is encouraging doctors to prescribe ecigs to their patients. Officials are even considering offering free ecigs to smokers through the NHS.
While no one is claiming that ecigs are completely harmless, they are certainly a better alternative than regular cigarettes. How many lives could be saved if the CDC stopped demonizing electronic cigarettes? Why do you think American health officials are willing to prescribe methadone to heroin addicts, but reject vaping as an alternative for smokers?