Misinformation About Vaping: Who is the Culprit?

A lot has been said about vaping and the vaping industry, but something still doesn’t add up. The recently released misinformation about e-cigarettes is one of the pieces of misinformation that has piqued the interest of vaping enthusiasts. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Surgeon General claimed in their report that the outbreak of lung injuries called EVALI is associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products. It was also reported that nicotine vaping is a gateway to youth smoking. 

The fact is that this report was not consistent with the evidence that says that illegal tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) vapes are the cause. In fact, no evidence had been found connecting EVALI to nicotine e-cigarettes as the cause. As of yet, nicotine e-liquids have not been shown to include any dangerous substances.

Another widespread myth is that vaping is the gateway drug and tool for young people to start smoking, despite significant evidence that says otherwise. Data says that vaping and smoking are not causal. It was included in the Surgeon General’s report, which says that even though youth vaping reached its peak in 2019, smoking was steadily declining. This only shows that vaping is not a gateway to youth smoking. 

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