E-Cigarette Controversy Pits Scientists Against World Health Organization

E-CigaretteThe E-Cigarette controversy is on the verge of boiling over as scientists, health professionals, and everyday E-smoker supporters are being pitted against the World Health Organization and their efforts to classify E-Cigarettes alongside tobacco cigarettes as dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

E-Cigarettes, sales of which sky-rocketed over the past two years have become all the rage for smokers who are looking to give up unhealthy smoking habits, as well as  new smokers who are opting to try the vapors and E-Cigarettes in place of it’s cancer-inducing tobacco counterpart. Vaporizers; akin to smoking, is becoming the leader the smokeless trend. In Atlanta, a new specialized vapor shop carries over a hundred different varieties of vapor flavors. The vaporizers and E-Cigarettes have so vastly usurped tobacco sales, that it has prompted two of the largest cigarette manufactures;  Altria, Inc. and Reynolds American Inc., to launch their own brands of E-Cigarettes and Vapor products. The World Health Organization however, is set on the vilification these alternative smoking products – citing them as a threat and possible gateway product that would lead to other forms of substance abuse, which a global team of scientists are now rallying to dispute. The scientists and health professionals from Europe, American, Canada, Asia and Australia assert that the use of these new smokeless products can be more appropriately deemed a likely solution to health-related aspects of smoking, as opposed to a health detriment. These products, they’ve asserted, could possibly save hundreds of millions of lives. One of the scientific organizers; Gerry Stimson; emeritus professor at Imperial College London noted that he found The World Health Organizations stance on the matter to be “bizarre”, and noted that the scientific community wanted to make sure that they make sufficient noise before the matter gets too set in stone. Stimson was one of the organizers who served an open letter to the World Health Organization Director General; Margaret Chan, in opposition to their efforts against the smokeless community. The big tobacco companies as well, are standing in agreement alongside scientists.

Adding more fuel to the smokeless E-Cigarette controversy is campus-wide ban on cigarettes at Ohio State University that began in January of this year, that ultimately morphed into campus wide E-Cigarette ban, with the citation that E-Cigarettes still contain liquid nicotine. Nicotine, however is not present in all brands of E-Cigarettes, but concerns persist with regard to the availability of the E-Cigarette market to consumers of all ages including children. Dr. Peter Shields, a deputy director at Wexner Medical Center are among those concerned about child consumers, citing cigarette smoking as a disease that begins in adolescence, since so many smokers begin the life-threatening habit between the ages of 11 and 15. This falls in line with The World Health Organization’s insistence that E-Cigarettes serve as a gateway product to other life threatening substances. They’ll readily stick to their story against the band of scientists.

In Canada cease and desist orders were issued to sellers of the E-Cigarettes, citing that unsubstantiated health claims are being reported as the scientific community continues to be pitted against the agenda of The World Health Organization. It remains that sales continue to rise at record levels. In 2013 the sale of E-Cigarettes was estimated at 3 billion dollars.

By Janet Walters Levite

Sources:
Reuters
CBC Canada
Wall Street Journal
The Lantern

5 Responses to "E-Cigarette Controversy Pits Scientists Against World Health Organization"

  1. Kate Quinn   December 22, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    This is an old article but I don’t care. E-cigs and vaporizer sales come with a choice to either have nicotine in it or no nicotine at all. They can either be used as a quitting tool, as one starts at the highest level of nicotine(24 ml.) and tapers down to 18, 16, 12, and gradually down to 0. Or, it could be an alternative to real cigarettes, using whatever strength of nicotine you want. I’m not saying nicotine is a great thing and yes, it is certainly addictive. I have no doubt it causes many health problems, but I’ll wager that the real cigs, with all the tar and smoke, do more damage than even vaporizers that contain nicotine. The tar and smoke can cause the lungs to turn black, and overall mess with breathing–a thing that leads to COPD/Emphazema as well as possibly lung cancer. I say “possibly” lung cancer cuz I grow weary of nicotine, be it in e-cigs OR the real cigs, being singled out as causes for cancer. So many things can cause cancer, why single out one thing?? My former husband’s mother died of lung and brain cancer and she never smoked! She lived for years with no second-hand smoke around either. I swear, these anti-smoking movements have been getting more and more obsessive, especially since Dana Reeve(wife of the late Christopher “Superman” Reeve) died of lung cancer. She was not a smoker, but people went on and on about how she sang in lounge bars where there was second hand smoke–so that MUST have caused the cancer. Uh–okay. What if something else caused the cancer? And how many of us grew up with second hand smoke and lived with it for years in restaurants, etc before the bans happened? The whole human race would probably be dead of lung cancer by now. In saying this, I’m not condoning smoking real cigarettes, and I certainly wouldn’t encourage a young kid or teenager to pick up a nicotine habit by using a vaporizer containing it. Still…this anti-smoking hysteria creates stress and dissent, and it should be noted that stress is also cited as a thing that can bring about cancer as well as other diseases.

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  2. Wacked Out Ecig (@WackedOutEcig)   July 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm

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  3. Jason   June 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I am on my ninth day of using a vaporizer style e-cig and this is the best I’ve felt in a long time. I’ve tried quitting with NRT’s, Chantix and going cold turkey and this time I’ve been able to actually abstain from smoking with almost no cravings or the usual irritability and complete lack of energy like I had during other attempts to quit. I hope they don’t take away the one way I’ve found that makes it possible for me to live my life without cigarettes.

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  4. Jasmine   May 31, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    After seeing the improvement in my fathers after just a few months of giving up smoking and taking up vaping one has to question what the WHO is trying to achieve. He has tried everything, finally found something that actually works and they want to take it away. I dont want to see him go back to cigarettes, I want him to be around to see his grandchildren

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  5. Moe Howard   May 31, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I’m not convinced that WHO is open to suggestion that conflicts with their pre-conceived position on E-Cigarettes. I suspect they are more interested in rehashing their beliefs (agenda) without benefit of open-minded research.

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