Health Professionals Believe 20% Can Quit With E Cigarettes
Yes, you read the title right, but they are not my words, they are the words of two prominent doctors who are leadership at The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). Dr. Whelan and Dr. Ross ask the FDA to reconsider e-cigarettes in a capacity of harm reduction and cessation.
Their opening statement and introduction made a very profound plea to the FDA in an urge to use science instead of the same tactics that the tobacco industry used to initially deter policy change. Cigarette companies spent decades making spurious and misleading claims that ‘we need more research’ before we could move on policy measures, despite the already-existing basis for informed policy measures.
The People Are Ultimately Responsible For Policy
Are we to allow the Government agency of the FDA to make serious decisions based on faulty ideology while casting real science to the curb? When they send over 100,000 smokers to the grave each year? I think not!
Ideology Now Trumps Science
The problem is the ideology that has permeated the minds of anti smoking groups and leadership in the anti smoking industry, which has great influence with the FDA and other policy makers within the FDA and Washington D.C. To put this in layman’s terms, they cannot see the forest for the trees.
The letter revealed this issue perfectly with a statement by the FDA and a simple question from ACSH, “The FDA website states that “e-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and may contain ingredients that may not be safe.” Our question, however, is: safe compared to what?
The FDA & Influences Do Not Want To Hear Science Or The People
This is the question that the FDA and their ideological influences do not like to hear because they do not wish to deal with the answers publicly. This can be proven by a statement by the FDA in 2009. “FDA Unwilling To Quantify The Safety Of E Cigarettes As Compared To Traditional Cigarettes”
Are anti smoking/nicotine supporters taking on the attributes of their enemies? Peer reviewed science states that smoke is the killer, not nicotine. It is scientifically understood that smoke is responsible for damage to the lungs, not water vapor that exists naturally in the atmosphere.
The Good Fight
Although the fight to keep and use electronic cigarettes is far from over, it seems that more and more health care professionals, experts, and practitioners are standing in the gap to help keep them available to smokers.
Back to their opening statement in their letter to the FDA: “The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), a consumer education and advocacy nonprofit devoted throughout our 34-year history to the promotion of sound science in public health policy, urges the FDA to reconsider their current, hyper-precautionary position on electronic cigarettes. The truth is, e-cigarettes have the potential to help the 20 percent of Americans who remain addicted to smoking.”
The entire letter from ACSH is very informative and all should read it. Click here to read the entire letter.