NZ public health expert on vaping death reports: ‘What's going on in the US?’

American mainstream media is currently engaging in a feeding frenzy which attempts to squelch the unending appetite of an anti-vaping population that is growing by leaps and bounds.  Even though scientific research by multiple public health agencies in the U.S. and abroad indicates that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking, approximately 30 percent of Americans falsely believe that smoking and vaping are equally as deadly. 

The surge of headlines claiming that vapor products are the likely cause of some mysterious lung ailments are further fueling the national panic, which is causing at least one public health expert from New Zealand to ask the obvious question.  What is going on in the U.S.?

In a recent interview with Stuff Media, Professor Janet Hoek of Otago University based in Dunedin was most particularly disturbed by recent allegations claiming that vaping was the cause of the untimely death of a male patient. In Illinois.  The state’s public health agency refuses to release the patient’s identity and will only say that the unnamed man was between the ages of 17 and 38 years old. 

CDC press release fuels the anti-vaping fearmongering

Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release last week announcing the opening of a federal investigation into some 149 people from 16 different states allegedly diagnosed with lung disorders resulting from vaping.  However, nowhere else on the planet is this strange and ominous phenomenon occurring.  Perhaps even more odd, 94 of the 149 diagnoses occurred in the single state of Wisconsin.

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Dr. Hoek warns that adult smokers trying to quit through vaping should not become overly anxious about the possibility of vaping-related death.  If there is indeed a link between the medical diagnoses and vapor products, the cause is likely due to the vaping of nephroids substances rather than conventional e-liquids manufactured under strict industry standards.

"We don't know what's going on in the US. There is some evidence that people have been vaping products that may have been brewed by themselves; ones that people are preparing essentially in their own kitchen.”
"The most important thing is that people shouldn't be panicking.”
"It would be a pity for people to stop vaping and go back to smoking because smoking is still likely to be much, much more harmful for them than continuing to vape."
"We know that vaping is not risk free, but the best information we have at the moment is that vaping carries with it fewer risks than continuing to smoke."

Hoek also points out that while a single death potentially being linked to vaping is disturbing, scientists already know that smoking definitively kills.  Statistics show that approximately 50 percent of long-term smokers will die from a smoking-related illness, and more than 5,000 New Zealand deaths are directly attributed to smoking each and every year.  When it comes to vaping versus smoking, it’s important to keep things in perspective. 

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(Image courtesy of Otago.ac.nz)

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