In new presser, FDA repeatedly and intentionally misuses the term ‘vaping’

The nation’s top public health agency issued an official statement last week regarding the ominous outbreak of “vaping-linked” lung ailments.  While the federal government is finally admitting that the strange diagnoses are likely attributed to Black Market THC products, it continues to intentionally and repeatedly misuse the generic terms vaping and e-cigarettes in a clear attempt to demonize the Big Tobacco alternative.

Their anti-vaping bias could not be more obvious.  In a press release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless offers terribly confusing descriptions of what is actually occurring on the ground. 

 “At this time, there does not appear to be one product involved in all of the cases, although THC and cannabinoids use has been reported in many cases. At this time, the specific substances within the e-cigarette products that cause illness are not known and could involve a variety of substances.”

In one breath, Sharpless says that the likely culprit is THC.  In the next, he implies that legal vapor products are to blame.  However, legal e-cigarettes do not contain THC-enhanced ingredients.  And the FDA knows this because the 2015 deeming regulations have required e-liquid manufactures to provide ingredients listings to the federal agency since November 8 of last year. Sharpless continues his tomfoolery by further claiming the following.

“E-cigarettes can contain harmful or potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals (e.g., lead), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and cancer-causing chemicals. Additionally, some e-cigarette products are used to deliver illicit substances; may be acquired from unknown or unauthorized (i.e., “street”) sources; and may be modified for uses that could increase their potential for harm to the user. For example, some e-cigarette pods or cartridges marketed for single use can be refilled with illicit or unknown substances. In addition, some e-cigarette products are used for “dripping” or “dabbing.” Dripping involves dropping e-cigarette liquid directly onto the hot coils of an e-cigarette which can result in high concentrations of compounds (e.g., tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] and cannabinoid compounds). Dabbing involves superheating substances such as “budder”, butane hash oil (BHO), and “710” that contain high concentrations of THC and other plant compounds (e.g., cannabidiol [CBD]).

To be clear, almost every single word of this outlandish statement is complete and utter nonsense.  At the very least, his assertions are scientifically proven to be grossly inaccurate. Yes, e-cigs “can contain potentially harmful substances” with “can” being the operative word. But they don’t.  All Sharpless has to do is check the ingredients listings already filed at the FDA.

Want to know which substances are not FDA-regulated?  Marijuana and THC-enhanced products. 

Continuing onward, yes, e-cigs “can contain” heavy metals and VOCs, but their measurable concentrations are scientifically documented to be approximately 95 percent less than those of combustible tobacco products.   Sharpless fails to mention this very significant distinction.

His divergence into a pontificating diatribe about dripping, dabbing, and buddering is both fully ill-informed and laughably feeble, and his allegations that legal e-liquids “can contain” cancer-causing chemicals is nothing short of government-sanctioned medical malpractice.  Again, if the FDA knows of a single, legal e-liquid that contains carcinogenic substances, then it most assuredly would have pulled it from store shelves already. 

But what about the uber-carcinogenic tobacco cigarettes, you ask?  What does the FDA’s Sharpless say about those? Don’t look for any useful information in last week’s FDA presser.  Sharpless  - conveniently – fails to even mention-in-passing their truly deadly effects.  “Vaping” and “e-cigarettes,” on the other hand, should be avoided at all costs. 

Related Article: Why claims of mysterious lung ailments ‘linked to vaping’ are pure evil

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