By quoting debunked research, Rep. Krishnamoorthi puts millions of lives in danger
Even though the United States is in the midst of a public health crisis, some elected officials cannot seem to resist the urge to make matters worse. On August 11, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) wrote a strongly worded letter the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Stephen Hahn, demanding that he completely ban the sales of vaping products nationwide. On the issue of Big Tobacco cigarettes, however, Krishnamoorthi remained absolutely silent.
Yes, Dr Hahn – the man responsible for the research, approval, and distribution of coronavirus therapeutics, test kits, and perhaps even a COVID vaccine or two is expected to drop everything he’s doing and ban vaping because the democratic congressman’s undies are consistently and unendingly in a bunch.
Krishnamoorthi’s reasoning for making such a demand? He apparently just happened to read another one of those bogus “studies” claiming that vaping increases teenagers’ chances of obtaining COVID.
The paper to which Krishnamoorthi hangs his delusional hat is the now-notorious Stanford study entitled, Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019. But the study isn’t really a study at all. It’s more of a survey.
Stanford’s findings are entirely based on the self-reporting vaping habits of a few thousand young people ages 13-24. If the congressman (and Stanford, for that matter) is reasonably expecting youngsters in middle and high school to be 100 percent truthful about their vaping histories when completing an online survey, then Krishnamoorth is a political hack that needs to be voted out of office on November 3.
There may be a second reason why Krishnamoorth is picking this particular political hill to die on. The congressman from Illinois may be just another prick-of-a-politician trying to politicize the coronavirus for personal and professional gain.
The FDA Commissioner Hahn has had well over a year to ban vaping, and he hasn’t. Nor has President Trump, who when asked by The First Lady to ban them in September of last year, ultimately refused. To think Dr. Hahn is going to contradict his boss is ludicrous.
- Hahn also already knows – as does Rep. Krishnamoorthi – that there is no link between vaping and COVID.
- Hahn also knows that if the majority of smokers switched to vaping for the next decade, there would be 6.6 million fewer premature deaths, according to peer-reviewed research coordinated by the George Washington University Medical Center.
- Hahn is also aware that vaping is approximately 95% less harmful than smoking, according to research published as far back as 2016 by Public Health England (PHE).
- And Dr. Hahn is also keenly aware of the other 763 studies published in the world’s most prestigious medical journals that support the PHE findings.
With the totality of available data that supports vaping as a safe and effective alternative to smoking, why do politicians like Krishnamoorth keep trying to destroy the vapor industry completely? Why do they repeatedly ignore that scientific facts that prove smoking is the real public health threat, especially to teens? If they want to ban something, why don’t that ban combustible tobacco cigarettes? Why do politicians like Krishnamoorth refuse to acknowledge that the vapor from electronic cigarettes is considered 95 percent less harmful because it lacks the nearly 7,000 carcinogens of cigarette smoke?
For Krishnamoorthi to deny the science and repeatedly rail against vaping is putting millions of lives in danger by tempting vapers of all ages to return to smoking. America has already lost at least 170,000 lives to COVID. Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s irresponsible behavior will only add to the numbers, which is either willful ignorance or pure, unadulterated evil.
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