November 09, 2013

9 Terrible Things HuffPo Made up About eCigs

For reasons that still escape me, the Huffington Post seems to have a huge chip on its shoulder when it comes to e-cigarettes. The HuffPo has been publishing anti-ecig stories for ages. The latest one is this gem of a “9 things” list that's pretty much all pictures and no substance. The piece ignores studies that show ecigs in any sort of positive lite and instead relies on bad studies like the 2009 FDA bit as well as quoting various opinions as etched-in-stone fact.

9 Terribly Disturbing Things About Electronic Cigarettes 
1. E-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals.

A 2009 FDA analysis of e-cigarettes from two leading brands found that the samples contained carcinogens and other hazardous chemicals, including diethylene glycol, which is found in antifreeze. Last year, a report from Greek researchers found that using e-cigarettes increased breathing difficulty in both smokers and non-smokers, according to Medical News Today.

2. Kids and teens can buy them.

Unlike other tobacco products, e-cigarettes can be sold to minors in many places throughout the country. The smoking devices can also be bought legally online, according to the Wall Street Journal.

3. While cigarette companies say they don't market to kids, e-cigarettes come in flavors like cherry, strawberry, vanilla and cookies and cream milkshake.4. Laws regulating cigarette ads don't yet apply to e-cigarettes.

TV commercials for cigarettes may be banned, but ones for e-cigarettes sure aren’t, Adage points out. (The above ad for Blu eCigs features Jenny McCarthy.)

5. And e-cigarette companies are spending a TON on advertising.

Industry advertising spending increased to $20.8 million in 2012 from just $2.7 million in 2010, according to The New York Times.

6. E-cigarettes can be used in many places where smoking is banned.

Even though some studies suggest that secondhand vapor poses health risks, many lawmakers have yet to determine whether smoking rules apply to e-cigarettes, according to USA Today.

7. People think e-cigarettes can help them quit smoking.

Research published in the American Journal of Public Health indicates that 53 percent of young adults in the U.S. who have heard of e-cigarettes believe they are healthier than traditional cigarettes and 45 percent believe they could help them quitsmoking — though there is little evidence to support either of these claims.

8. E-cigarettes aren't taxed like traditional tobacco products.

Even though cigarette consumption fell significantly as taxes went up.

9. Despite unknown health consequences, e-cigarettes are poised to make inroads with a new generation of young people.

Half of young adults say they would try e-cigarettes if a friend offered them one, according a study cited by USA Today.

I don't know where to begin.  It's just astonishing, really. They go on about little evidence to support any kind of cessation claims, yet treat the existence of milkshake flavored e-liquid as the most damning evidence in the world. I think this piece does sum up nicely the prohibitionists latest set of bunk arguments against e-cigarettes.

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