This was a comment left on the National Post’s article, very well written Thank you Bill Godshall, here is that link:
Unfortunately for public health, the Canadian House of Commons recommended many new cigarette protecting bans and regulations on vapor products advocated by the same intolerant and arrogant extremists who endorsed and defended Health Canada’s purported 2008 e-cig ban (that the House of Commons finally acknowledges was/is a disasterous policy failure).
The scientific and empirical evidence has found that nicotine vapor products (aka e-cigarettes):
– are 99% (+/-1%) less hazardous than cigarettes,
– have never been associated with any disease or disorder,
– are virtually all (i.e. >99%) consumed by smokers and by ex-smokers who switched to vaping,
– have replaced more than 4 Billion packs of cigarettes worldwide in the past
– have helped several million smokers quit smoking, and have helped several
million more smokers sharply reduce their cigarette consumption,
– are more effective for smoking cessation than FDA approved nicotine gums,
lozenges and patches (which have a 95% failure rate),
– pose fewer risks than FDA approved Verenicline (Chantix),
– have never been found to create nicotine dependence in any nonsmoker (youth or adult),
– have never been found to be a gateway to cigarette smoking for anyone,
– emit trace levels of nontoxic aerosol that poses no harm to nonusers, and
– have further denormalized cigarette smoking (as youth and adult smoking rates and cigarette consumption have declined every year since 2007 when vapor product sales began to skyrocket).
Besides, all of the following things emit more indoor air pollution than vapor products, but vaping opponents aren’t complaining about or trying to ban any of them.
– every exhale by every smoker for more than an hour after smoking a cigarette,
– smoker’s clothes and hair,
– plywood and other building materials,
– glues and paint,
– carpeting and most furniture,
– printers and photocopiers,
– household cleaning products,
– dry cleaned clothes,
– hair sprays, perfumes, nail polish and remover,
– air fresheners, and even
– a cup of coffee or tea.
Vapers and smokers have a human right to be truthfully informed that vapor products are far less hazardous than cigarettes, and to have legal and affordable access to lifesaving vapor products.
Consistently, public health officials have an ethical duty to truthfully inform smokers that e-cigs are far less hazardous than cigarettes, and to keep lifesaving e-cigs legal and affordable for smokers.
Its time Canadian politicians held accountable the intolerant extremists at Health Canada who purportedly banned e-cigs in 2008, and its time Canadian politicians stopped listening to (and funding) the many other intolerant e-cig prohibitionists who have made (and continue to make) false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs to discourage smokers from quitting smoking.
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