The San Francisco Public Health Department may have thought it was a cunning marketing ploy when they launched their new #curbit campaign, but subsequently they failed to do their homework when it comes to checking the facts.
A litany of #curbit campaign advertising materials have sprung up across the city cogently cajoling locals that vaping is parallel to the perils of smoking and should be delineated. It quickly became apparent that their slick marketing lacked plausibly and was nothing more than fear mongering chicanery. The following highlights 10 studies that disprove the information put forth in the #curbit campaign.
The the #curbit marketing info purports that “e-cigarettes are harmful, just like cigarettes.” But the fact is that independent university studies found that 91 percent of smokers had significant health improvements after switching to vaping. The study further demonstrated that 97 percent of smokers have a noticeable declination of “smokers hack”.
The San Francisco Public Health Department claims that “flavoured e-cigarettes are more likely to annex youth who use nicotine.” In reality the studies demonstrate that ecigs do not induce higher rates of teen smoking, but on the contrary studies indicate that out of 1,300 college students who use ecigs, only one individual purported never smoking a cigarette. Teens are evidently switching to ecigs to avoid tobacco addictions, not the contrary.
The #curbit campaign dubs e cigarettes as the enemy by alluding to CDC statistics that 263,000 teens have used e-cigs that have never previously smoked. These numbers are vehemently misleading due to the fact that the surveys fail to inquire whether or not teens were regular vapers users or occasional users. The study unsuccessfully examines whether or not the ecigarettes contained nicotine as there are nicotine-free varieties available.
American Vaping Association President Gregory Conley states that the most significant aspect of the surveys is largely ignored. “The most important part of the survey is also likely to be the most underreported.” He further postulates that “youth smoking has declined to a record low.” “This decline in youth smoking is established despite habitual hype and conjecture by reckless activists keen on portray vaping as a traditional cigarettes gateway.”
San Francisco health activists insist that “E-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals and other tobacco related carcinogens.” They allege that ecig vapour contains “cancer-causing metals and chemicals.” But can this be refuted? According to lead researcher -Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, there is no scientific evidence to support those claims. “Overall, the residual risk from e-cigarette use is significantly lower than smoking. This is information which smokers need are entitled to.”
Non proponents of Ecig would like you to think that ecigs induce cancer due to the nicotine content, however studies parallel nicotine health effects to that of consuming caffeine. There is little evidence that suggest a higher risk of cancer is induced. The overall health impacts when consuming nicotine is similar to drinking a cup of coffee; one may develop a slight increase in heart rate and blood pressure, but on the whole the risk is in sequential.
The #curbit campaign states, “E-cigarettes use alluring flavour to dupe youth using.” Studies indicated that sweet flavours actually help deter smoking . A large majority of e-cig users depend on non-tobacco flavours to assist in nicotine avoidance. Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos stated that e-liquid flavour variety “are important factors in drastically reducing consumption.”
The San Francisco Public Health Department insists that ecigs be abandoned because the vapour is a public health risk. They erroneously claim that, “E-cigarettes emit a cloud of hazardous pollutants, presenting harmful second hand emissions to the public.” Perhaps they negated existing research that proves this claim to be false. Researchers proved that ecig vapour will dissipate within an average of 11 seconds while cigarette smoke can linger for more than 20 minutes. Another study found that there were no combustion related toxins in ecig vapour at all.
Perhaps the most misleading aspect of the #curbit campaign is the equation of ecigs to cigarettes. They use clever slogans such as “Ecigs are cigs.” This is unrealistic conjecture as there are numerous differences. Ecigs are tobacco free and do not contain tar, flame, or toxic combustion, as opposed to the ingredients contained in their dangerous cigarette counterparts. Drug Policy Alliance communications director Tony Newman, says, “It seems like every day we are apprised of new attacks – yet these products continue to help the consumer reduce dangerous tobacco alternatives.”
Non proponents claim, “E-cigarettes are Big Tobacco’s latest gimmick to lure an unsuspecting generation onto their products.” It is important to note that e cigs make up less than 1 percent of the market tied to Big Tobacco. Furthermore, Penn State College of Medicine studies recently concluded that electronic cigarettes are far less addictive than their tobacco counterparts. The scientific evidence suggests that rather than ‘hooks to lure innocents into lifelong tobacco addiction, they actually account for far less dependency with e cigs that that of analog cigs.
The #curbit campaign discredits e-cigs because of lack of FDA regulation. However, local legislative law prohibits e cig sales to minors. The executive director of the American Council on Science and Health, argues that studies prove that e cigs are healthier than tobacco cigarettes. His position is that imposing harsh regulations could have paramount ramifications for the overall health of society.
It’s evident that San Francisco refuses to acknowledge scientific research and would rather misrepresent the facts in their #curbit campaign chicanery. It is our role to refute improper claims and produce evidence in a clear, non-biased presentation to potential consumers of e cigs. Do your part and circulate our official refutable studies so that people can make informed decisions which include potential life changing benefits of switching to electronic cigarettes.