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Tennessee Department of Health: Vaping, date rape, and heroin addiction

Posted by Matt Rowland on

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) is drawing fire for its recently released public health advisory claiming that vaping and e-cigs will lead to a “variety of dangers” including the increased risk of date rape.  The announcement also states that vaping nicotine can lead to popcorn lung and is as addictive as heroin and cocaine.   

The vaping industry is growing accustomed to these sorts of outrageous claims made by anti-tobacco advocacy groups who often confuse tobacco with nicotine.  But when the statements are published by public health officials who are far more educated about the differences, the damage to the public perception of vaping and e-cigs can be irreversible. 

This is especially true today as several studies now show that more and more average Americans are under the false assumption that e-cigs are just as deadly, if not more so, than conventional combustible cigarettes. 

Vaping, date rape, and heroin addiction

According to the TDOH report, electronic nicotine delivery products (ENDs) can be used as an instrument of sexual criminal activity when they are intentionally laced with the chemical gamma butyrolactone, otherwise known as GBL or “the date rape drug.”

“Persons should not use ENDS devices offered to them by friends or acquaintances to prevent the spread of illness; more importantly, ENDS can be delivery systems for incapacitating agents such as gamma butyrolactone, GBL, more commonly known as the date rape drug. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Association, victims of date rape drugs are frequently not aware of ingesting the drug, which is a central nervous system depressant and may cause drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, loss of inhibition, memory loss and visual disturbance. High doses will cause unconsciousness, seizures, severe respiratory distress, coma and death. Due to induced memory loss, a victim may not be aware of an attack until many hours after it occurred.”

Strangely, the public health advisory makes no mention of tobacco cigarettes being used in the very same criminal manner.  And according to Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University, “there have been many more confirmed reports of real cigarettes being used to perpetrate date rape (although even that is not a recognized public health problem)?”

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Meanwhile, the TDOH also strongly implies that regular use of e-cigs turns the user into a nicotine addict with the appearance and actions of someone who shoots heroin or cocaine on a daily basis. 

“People should remember that the primary ingredient of ENDS devices is nicotine, an addictive drug that induces a range of effects on the body and can be toxic. According to the CDC, nicotine dependence is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United States; research suggests it is as addictive as heroin, cocaine or alcohol.”

While nicotine is technically classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a “drug,” the adverse health effects should never be compared to those of heroin or cocaine.  Furthermore, most average Americans are completely unaware that nicotine can be found in a wide variety of “normal” foods.

Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and green pepper call contain nicotine, but public health officials like those from the TDOH tend to keep this fact a secret.  They also fail to educate the American Public that e-cigs contain an infinitesimal amount of nicotine as compared to conventional cigarettes. 

By releasing this public health advisory, what is the TDOH’s true intention?  Is the TDOH trying to prevent date rape?  Is the TDOH trying to prevent heroin and cocaine addiction?  Or is the TDOH simply trying to demonize vaping?  And if so, for what purpose?

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