Throughout this month, the vaping crisis has riveted the nation. For millions of Americans, this was the first real exposure to the tobacco alternatives industry. As such, a legitimate but deeply nuanced issue had devolved into mainstream hysteria. At first, counterarguments seemed laced with self-interested agendas. But now, the situation is intractable: the vaping crisis has become fake news.
How can I make such a pronouncement? Primarily, both the federal and state governments have proposed – and in some cases, imposed – draconian measures ahead of the facts. While hundreds of injuries and a worrying number of deaths have occurred, from the beginning, no investigating agency had (or has) a clear culprit. To quote the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The specific chemical exposure(s) causing lung injuries associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping, remains unknown at this time.
No single product or substance has been linked to all lung injury cases. More information is needed to know whether a single product, substance, brand, or method of use is responsible for the outbreak.
Yet the kicker is that individual states – most conspicuously Massachusetts – have imposed vaping bans to various degrees. Under these emergency orders, government bodies have stated their reasoning for doing so is time: they need to give investigators some margin to truly find out what’s going on.
But as evidence emerges that exonerates the vaping platform, state governments are still pushing the idea of a ban. How is this not fake news?
Media Pushes Vape Ban Narrative Despite Risk of Promoting Fake News
From the onset of the vaping crisis, proponents of vaporizers and e-cigarettes claimed that illegally sourced materials mostly contributed to the surge in acute lung illnesses. Sure enough, that’s what the most recent data indicates. Even the CDC admits as such, stating the following:
The latest findings from the investigation into lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, suggest THC products play a role in the outbreak. Most of the people (77%) in this outbreak reported using THC-containing products, or both THC-containing products and nicotine-containing products, according to a report published today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Even more damning for the fear-mongers, U.K. health officials claim vaping is 95% less dangerous than smoking. In fact, they’ve stepped up their advocacy for vaporizers and e-cigarettes, recommending them as smoking-cessation devices. That flies in the face of all the fake news (i.e., aggressively slanted reports) distributed in mainstream circles.
Despite this overwhelming library of evidence, many politicians still push the vaping ban. Unfortunately, this is no longer about health but about enforcing an agenda.