November 26th, 2019

Twitter Q&A: debunking tobacco harm reduction misconceptions

I did a Twitter chat with the Campaign for Safer Alternatives on the typical objections raised to tobacco harm reduction. For those interested in the responses but who missed the live chat or got as confused as I did in trying to follow threaded answers, here is the chat as it unfolded over 15 questions with everything in the right order.

Contents

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Does vaping create a gateway effect from vaping to smoking?
  3. Is vaping a trojan horse for the tobacco industry?
  4. Does vaping cause fluid build-up in the lungs?
  5. Does vaping cause ‘popcorn lung’?
  6. Do vaping flavours help adults quit smoking?
  7. What would be the outcome of a ban on flavours?
  8. Do flavours attract teens to vaping?
  9. Does teenage vaping justify banning vaping products?
  10. Did nicotine vaping cause the recent lung injury outbreak in the United States?
  11. What caused the US lung injury outbreak?
  12. Is there evidence that lung injuries were caused by black market THC vapes?
  13. Do regulated e-liquids contain toxic chemicals?
  14. What would bring more awareness about the value of THR?
  15. Does nicotine addiction cause a gateway effect?

1. Introduce yourself

2. Does vaping create a gateway effect from vaping to smoking?

3. Is vaping a trojan horse for the tobacco industry?

4. Does vaping cause fluid build-up in the lungs?

5. Does vaping cause ‘popcorn lung’?

Later tweets on the Canadian case

6. Do vaping flavours help adults quit smoking?

7. What would be the outcome of a ban on flavours?

8. Do flavours attract teens to vaping?

9. Does teenage vaping justify banning vaping products?

10. Did nicotine vaping cause the recent lung injury outbreak in the United States?

11. What caused the US lung injury outbreak?

12. Is there evidence that lung injuries were caused by black market THC vapes?

13. Do regulated e-liquids contain toxic chemicals?

14. What would bring more awareness about the value of THR?

15. Does nicotine addiction cause a gateway effect?

 

 

6 comments to Twitter Q&A: debunking tobacco harm reduction misconceptions

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  • Kat

    I am just tired of all the nagging. Nine years vaping and felt like I did what they wanted but still getting nagged about vaping. Go to the dentist and get three of them in the room with me telling me the evils of vaping and how acidic it is on my teeth to the point of telling me cavities are showing up within weeks of being filled. Sitting in that chair with three people nagging me just takes me back to when I smoked and refused service due to tobacco smells on me. Can’t win for losing here and seems like the battle will go on until I pass away. (I am 62 right now)
    I will never go back to smoking as when I switched to vaping I couldn’t even audio speak one sentence without coughing so hard it cracked my ribs. I am not getting sick over and over again with bronchitis and having to use three asthma puffers. My health is better so I really could do with a lot less nagging over my vaping.

    • Dear Kat – I absolutely sympathise. It must be so exhausting to have this amplified barrage of condemnation for basically doing exactly the right thing on your own initiative and at your own expense, taking personal responsibility for your own health without harming anyone else. Especially when the critics are wrong about almost everything about vaping.

      You might like my evergreen blog post: Memo to public health grandees: vaping, vapers and you. It’s my most accessed blog.

      And stick with it… it will make a big difference to quality of life over the coming decades.

      • Kat

        Hi Clive and thanks for the reply back. I am not going to give up still as active online as I can be.
        Is there some research or something for dental issues with vaping or to debunk it as I still have to go to the dentist and keep putting it off due to the nagging me over vaping. Maybe I will let people nag me when I am in my 90s but right now it just makes me very angry.

  • Louise Ross

    Great summary, Clive, thank you. Healthcare workers need to read this; as a trusted source of information I worry a lot about where *they’re* getting their information from

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