SHOCKING SURVEY: 10% of U.S. population wrongly believes vaping is WORSE than smoking
Only in America would such a life-saving product like vaping be the target of Fake News fueled by the nation’s premier public health agency in its diabolical efforts to demonize its importance. According to a recent survey conducted by analytic scientists from Georgia State University (GSU), the anti-vaping campaign spearheaded by the former Commissioner Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seems to be working.
According to the published findings, 9.9% of the general population now mistakenly believes that vaping is actually WORSE than smoking. But that’s not the end of the bad news. The results further indicate that another 35% wrongly assume that vaping is equally as dangerous for one’s health as combustible tobacco products. Together, that’s a total of 45% of the American People who are grossly misinformed about vaping.
Why is the general public so misinformed about vaping?
The groundbreaking report is entitled Changing Perceptions of Harm of e-Cigarette vs Cigarette Use Among Adults in 2 US National Surveys From 2012 to 2017 (JAMA). The collaborative group of researchers began by evaluating the opinions from a randomly selected group of about 5,800 participants. To ensure that the survey was conducted professionally and without bias, two different questionnaires were issued by two different organizations: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Georgia State University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (GSU-TCRS).
The report discusses the public’s confusion surrounding vaping, tobacco, and nicotine. Many people unfortunately assume that because combustible tobacco cigarettes contain nicotine, then nicotine-infused e-liquids used in vaping must be equally as deadly. In fact, nicotine has nothing to do whatsoever with the high mortality rates attributed to smoking.
“Despite the growing scientific evidence, whether the short-term relative health risks of using e-cigarettes compared with cigarette smoking have been accurately communicated to the public is unclear.”
Yes, nicotine can be addictive, but it’s the tobacco that kills. Tobacco cigarettes are filled with hundreds of chemicals, many of which are used intentionally to increase the propensity towards long-term addiction. Furthermore, the burning of tobacco leaves results in a tar-filled smoke that clogs the arteries with a thick goo-like substance that increases the risks for heart disease. Furthermore, the smoke produced by conventional cigarettes contains at least 70 known carcinogens.
But vaping is 100% tobacco-free, which is why the UK’s Public Health England published documented research indicating that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. Lead author of the public opinion survey report, Dr. Jidong Huang, believes that the responsibility for people being so confused about vaping lies directly under the collective feet of the FDA and other public health organizations. By skewing the facts around smoking, tobacco, and nicotine, they are causing an unnecessary moral panic that could significantly harm public health.
“Some researchers have voiced criticism that the dominant public health message in the United States still focuses on the absolute risks of using tobacco products rather than the relative health risks between low-risk products and cigarettes. Although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged that nicotine, which is highly addictive, is delivered through products that represent a continuum of risk, the FDA does not have active campaigns to communicate this message to the public. As such, the risk communication of different tobacco and nicotine products was largely left in the hands of tobacco industry, the e-cigarette industry, and the media.”
The confusion surrounding vaping versus smoking started back in 2015 when the FDA released new deeming regulations for the then-fledgling industry. Under those federal regulations, electronic cigarettes were classified as “tobacco products” even though the FDA knew at the time that e-cigs contain no tobacco.
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