Controversy Over The CDC’s Announcements About E-Cig Research
According to e cig advocates, the CDC (Center for Disease Control in America) is lying in their recent report on the dangers of electronic cigarettes to teenagers. To understand fully what the controversy and outcry is about, you have to realize that those fighting against the widespread sale and deregulation of electronic cigarettes believe these products will entice children to pick up e-cigs, introducing them to nicotine for the first time. They wish for e-cigs to be treated like tobacco products.
Children and Vaping
If these children would not have tried smoking and are only attracted to vaping, this is a potential problem, especially if they are unaware of dangers related to nicotine. Then again, you might disagree about the risks of consuming nicotine. Some people equate it with drugs. Many consumers believe it isn’t any worse than caffeine. The point is: do young people realize there is nicotine in these things or know what nicotine is? If not, risk is inherent in their ignorance.
Statistics show a growing trend in the use of electronic cigarettes by minors. With every year, these numbers jump alarmingly. Vapers would say that kids would have tried cigarettes instead, so the fact that they are drawn to electronic devices instead is good news. You won’t stop kids from trying things they shouldn’t have access to. They will find a way.
As far as the CDC is concerned, however, more kids vape than would have smoked, and worse than that; vaping will lead to smoking in the long run. That is the professional opinion of spokespeople. They condemn the industry.
In their arguments, they equate the e cig industry with the tobacco industry, but it is unusual for any e liquid to contain a tobacco product. Even nicotine used in the making of e liquids is not necessarily a tobacco product. It can be extracted from a variety of plants. Furthermore, nicotine is optional.
The Other Side of Trend
Vapers and e cig advocates point out a few things. One is that the use of an electronic cigarette is often a one-time event. Teens try vaping, get their kicks, and move on. The group which continues vaping, according to statistics, is comprised of smokers and ex-smokers. They make a regular habit of vaping and potentially give up cigarettes entirely.
Moreover, the report is misleading in that another part of the story is not fully fleshed out. While vaping is on the rise, especially among high school students, smoking is on the decline. The CDC believes the numbers which paint this picture aren’t significant enough to be used in favor of promoting or at least supporting the e cig industry.
While medicos and scientists agree more research is needed into the potential dangers of using electronic cigarettes whether with or without nicotine, e cig advocates believe the CDC’s report is misleading and biased. For whatever reason, certain organizations fixate on certain features of e-cigs and available data to form the worst possible picture.
It can be argued that both sides are biased; that members of the vaping field refuse to admit to the potential dangers of nicotine or address the issue of addiction. Some people would argue there is nothing good about replacing one addiction with another, even if that replacement leads to better health.
The CDC and other organizations, however, only do harm to their positions when they fail to represent the whole truth. If the general public is to take them seriously, they must stop behaving as if tobacco and e-cig companies are generally in cahoots even when there are few businesses owned or supported by Big Tobacco.
They must balance their positions to show the pros and cons. As research is released, the CDC must put feelings aside and explore the complete picture, later airing this for the general public.