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Steve Forbes: More Americans will die from vape bans than from COVID-19

Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine, released a video last week which calls into question the response of U.S. healthcare officials and anti-vaping lawmakers across the nation over their apparent “crusade” against vaping.  Just last week, Governor Gavin Newsom of the state of California signed into law a bill that was recently approved with bipartisan support in both houses of congress.  Effective January 1, 2021, SB 793 implements a statewide ban on the sales of all flavored vapes – including e-liquids used in open-tank systems.

Mr. Forbes lambasts these types of prohibition measures as favoring the financial objectives and profitability of Big Tobacco and Big Pharma over the public health consequences of the American citizens.  In his video presentation, Forbes says that it should “be of no surprise that tobacco companies and makers of nicotine patches, chewing gums, and other stop-smoking aids would take a dim view of e-cigarettes.”  Yet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is obviously giving in to the political pressures being imposed upon them by lobbyists employed by these two factions.

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Forbes also assumes government representatives, like those of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of using unwarranted fear-mongering tactics to scare the American people into submission against vaping.  For over nine months starting in mid-2019, the CDC unfairly warned against the use of all vapor products while simultaneously alleging that nicotine-based vapes were responsible for a potentially lethal lung disorder named EVALI.  “Turns out,” Forbes continues, “most of these people abused illicit Vapors - not the kind e-cigarette manufacturers are selling - to ingest a form of marijuana that contains an acetate using topical skin lotions.”

 A complete transcript of the Steve Forbes video presentation

 

“Should electronic cigarettes be banned?  No.  In fact, vaping should be encouraged for cigarette smokers.
  
“Before the covid-19 crisis dominated our lives, U.S. healthcare authorities and others were waging a relentless publicity war against electronic cigarettes or vaping.  While not in the headlines for now, the anti-vaping forces are still at it.  They have already succeeded in persuading countless numbers of people that e-cigarettes are as dangerous more dangerous than traditional tobacco products.
  
“Now, let's be clear.  We shouldn't be ingesting smoke from tobacco, marijuana, or vaping devices into our lungs, and, of course, any kind of smoking could well make the getting of covid-19 even more disastrous for people, including young people.  Shockingly, the campaign against vaping has been based on a mountain of misinformation and outright lies.
  
“In fact, by persuading smokers not to switch to e-cigarettes, these authorities are consigning hundreds of thousands of people to unnecessarily premature deaths.  That is, more Americans will die as result of this misbegotten crusade than from the covid-19 disease itself.
  
“Let's look at the facts.
  
  • "E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco.
  • "They let users inhale nicotine but not the deadly substances of tobacco.
  • "Vaping is the safest most effective alternative to smoking tobacco. That's why British healthcare officials have taken the opposite tact.  They encourage smokers to switch to vaping.
  • "Anti-vaping forces in America point to the surge in recent years of vaping among young people, especially teenagers, implying this is a gateway to using cigarettes. The truth is the opposite.  The rate of cigarette smoking among young people in the past decade has plunged from almost 16% to under 6%. 
  • "Last year we were inundated with stories of people getting lung diseases from vaping - numbering 450 cases. Five died.  Turns out most of these people abused illicit Vapors - not the kind e-cigarette manufacturers are selling - to ingest a form of marijuana that contain an acetate using topical skin lotions.
“Despite the truth about e-cigarettes, anti-vaping forces pressured the FDA to ban flavored vaping liquids.  This is but a steppingstone to an outright prohibition of vaping that should be of no surprise that tobacco companies and makers of nicotine patches, chewing gums, and other stop-smoking aids would take a dim view of e-cigarettes.  But e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than traditional smokes. Let’s stop these deadly anti-vaping campaigns and inhale the healthy example of Britain.”
  

When Steve Forbes refers to data compiled by “British Healthcare officials,” he is most likely referring to the 2016 report published by the FDAS-comparable Public Health England (PHE) which was also endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians.  In that report, PHE explains in detail why vaping is approximately 95% less harmful than smoking

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