Does Vaping Cause Lung Illnesses?
Most of us have heard the news - people are dying from lung illnesses associated with vaping. What's the real deal here?
The media, ready to pounce on any narrative without a full set of facts, in the 24-hour news cycle, quickly adopted the idea that vaping is dangerous.
A congressman from Utah, against vaping since 2014, was at the ready to battle vaping even though it has been proven an effective stop-smoking aid. It is almost as if he has a personal vendetta against vaping (funded almost entirely by Big Pharma and their awful patches, gum and lozenges).
Well, we vapers know a little better. I have personally been vaping since 2009, without any detrimental effects whatsoever. I vape on e-juice that is made professionally in labs all across the country, and I build my own coils. Sometimes I use a pod system. Hardware is not at fault at all. When you get your e-liquid from us, you can trust that you will not get sick. There is never any oil in our e-juices.
So why are people sick and/or dying from vaping?
Because it's danking, not vaping.
Illegal, street-bought, drug-dealer sold cartomizers with marijuana in them and vitamin E acetate are hurting people.
Don't buy cartos on the street! Go into a retail shop or online and buy them from trusted vendors like us.
Every single person that has gotten ill recently, bought their cartomizers from drug dealers, not from vape shops.
Vape shops do not sell cartomizers pre-filled with THC oil, unless the state has allowed cannabis to be sold legally. Most states do not have these laws on the books, hence there will not be pre-filled cartos in most shops. Buy your cartos or tanks empty, and fill them yourself!
Pre-filled THC cartos bought from reputable shops in states like Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon and Massachusetts will not have a cutting agent like vitamin E acetate, an oil that significantly impacts your respiratory system when inhaled.
Why are dealers using Vitamin E when it's clearly toxic?
To make more money. They cut the product with a cheaper product to get more cartomizers with less spend. Vitamin E is much cheaper than THC concentrate. They don't care about your health, they care about lining their pockets. That's why it is critical you don't buy any pre-filled cartos from the street.
There is no link to e-liquid filled with nicotine (or nicotine-free) and lung illnesses.
13 million American vapers can't be wrong. Across the pond in Great Britain, vape shops are opening in hospitals to help folks kick their habit, because the government support harm reduction.
We have seen smoking rates tumble the past few years, unlike anything on record since statistics started being published on smoking rates more than 50 years ago. Kids are losing interest in smoking, which in turn is eating big tobacco from the inside out. Just have a look at these numbers:
We are in the endgame for Big Tobacco, folks. They see the writing on the wall and that's why BT was quick to buy into JUUL. Many distributors in USA for vape products have also been bought by big tobacco in an effort to diversify before it is too late!
The stakes have been raised for behemoths like Altria and Lorillard, and they now have a seat at the vaping table.
What does this have to do with the current vaping health crisis? Big tobacco may be a bad actor, but they have nothing to do with the current fiasco.
The entrenched powers that remain include anti-smoking associations, and big pharmaceuticals. They have something to lose when we stop buying their lozenges, patches, and awful-tasting gum. As of now they are losing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue in nicotine replacement therapy. It's use is down overall. These companies do not want vaping to succeed. Anti-smoking groups lose funding when people stop smoking. Big Pharma is losing money as we speak. That's right folks, I've up and said it. Those two players at the table do not want us to live normal, healthy lives. And they will use this awful situation to make power moves intent on turning our fledgling industry into history.
The FDA has come out and explained their findings on the recent spate of lung illnesses:
The FDA clearly warns people not to buy any oil-based cartridges on the street. This is absolutely critical, and we agree.
On the other hand, vaping has truly saved lives. There's plenty of data to show that there's change afoot, beneficial change for the vast majority of smokers:
- Among adults, cigarette smoking rates fell from 18.0% in 2013 to 14.0% in 2017, while the use of e-cigarettes increased from 1.9% to 2.8%.
- Over the same years, cigarette smoking rates among high school students fell from 12.7% to 7.6% while their rates of e-cigarette use increased from 4.5% to 11.7%. Among adolescents, the association between declining smoking rates and rising e-cigarette use was even stronger than among adults.
- Statistical analysis of the changes in smoking rates and e-cigarette use by age, gender, race and ethnicity suggests that about 70 percent of the increased decline in cigarette smoking from 2013 to 2017 was associated with the rising use of e-cigarettes. The remaining 30 percent was associated with higher cigarette taxes, bans on cigarette sales by the CVS pharmacy chain, and increased use of anti-smoking prescription drugs.
- Statistical analysis also strongly suggests that e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking cigarettes.
- Rather, statistical analysis and numerous studies establish that e-cigarettes are an effective tool to help people stop smoking or avoid starting to smoke cigarettes.
This is all exceptional, showing that vaping has definitely turned the stop smoking conversation on its head. There's even more to it:
- By reducing the number of people who smoke cigarettes, e-cigarette use also extends the lifespans of millions of people, raising their lifetime medical costs across all age groups except those 18 to 24.
- We calculate that the use of e-cigarettes by the 922,301 people ages 18 to 24 in 2017, who otherwise would have started smoking cigarettes, should reduce their lifetime healthcare costs by $11.3 billion.
- However, the use of e-cigarettes by the 2,922,540 people ages 25 to 44 in 2017,
who otherwise would have started smoking cigarettes, increases their lifetime healthcare costs by $284.5 billion.
- Those higher lifetime healthcare costs reflect spending for 330,489 people whom we would expect to have died before their mid-to-late 60s if they started smoking cigarettes in 2014- 2017, and for 500,865 people whom we would expect to have died before their mid-to-late 80s if they had started smoking instead of using e-cigarettes.
- E-cigarette users (and nonsmokers) also are more productive than smokers, because smokers miss more work due to illness, come to work still impaired by illness more often, and take smoking breaks. We found that e-cigarette users are on average $820 more productive per-year than ex-cigarette smokers and $2,371 more productive per-year than current smokers, and that ex-smokers who shifted to e-cigarettes are on average $1,554 more productive per-year than current smokers.
- The additional productivity of the share of the 922,301 e-cigarette users ages 18 to 24 in 2017 who worked from 2017 on, and who otherwise would have become smokers in 2014-2017, would be worth $14.7 billion over the 10 years from 2017 to 2027;
- The additional productivity of the share of the 2,922,540 e-cigarette users ages 25 to 44 in 2017 who worked from 2017 on, and who otherwise would have continued to smoke in 2014-2017, would be worth $29.2 billion over the years from 2017 to 2027.
This data is from a think tank called Progressive Policy Institute. They go further and say:
"With 75 percent of the additional decline in cigarette smoking rates unexplained by factors other than the increased use of e-cigarettes, we rely on the estimate by a leading medical researcher in this area that the sudden increase in e-cigarette use can explain 60 percent to 80 percent of the additional decline in smoking rates from 2014 to 2017. We use the midpoint of that estimate and posit that up to 70 percent of the additional decline can be associated with the remaining major anti-smoking factor, the sharp increase in e-cigarette use over the same years."
There's clearly a good thing going here. While vaping is saving lives, there are agencies and industries that do not want us vaping, and they won't let it go without a fight.
In effect, these entrenched entities are using the fact that some people bought THC cartos on the street to effect prohibition on the whole industry. These scarecrow tactics and fear mongering are used to get politicians, who are not well-informed on the difference between illegal THC cartos and regular e-liquid, to accede to total prohibition on flavors.
What can you do to help stop this insanity?
- Light up the White House switchboard! Call 1-202-456-1111 or 1-202-456-1414 and tell them flavored vaping products saved your life. Make sure you mention that "you vape and you vote." Also, please be polite, be brief, and thank the operator for taking your call.
- Sign the White House petition to prevent an all-out ban on flavors.
- New Yorkers: Governor Cuomo is announcing executive action to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in New York State. Write to NYS representatives informing them of your personal vape story and reminding them that you vape, and you vote! A major thanks to CASAA for building out the template to be able to easily take action.
- Another very important issue on the table is the PMTA. This is an application for vape manufacturers to comply with, but we do not have enough time to comply and in the words of CASAA, "there's no guarantee companies that apply will be able to keep their products on the market." These are onerous, burdensome requirements. They are extremely expensive applications, and our fledgling industry cannot afford them. To further move the goal posts, the FDA sped up its process and gave manufacturers even less time to comply with incredibly opaque requirements. Help us extend the deadline!