State Of Public Health: Failure

Providing information about less harm barely exists. The State Of Public Health is a failure. The Lung Association just released their “State of Tobacco Control” report. I’ll call it “Ironic Lung Failure”.

Is the number one priority of reducing smoking rates in the United States about less smoking? Is it about complete quitting? Is it about preventing less harm (you read that right)? Or, is it about regulation, restriction, taxation, and the banning of less harmful, smoke-free alternatives to smoking?

Information about less harm? It barely exists.

Ask yourselves why.

Are you confused? That might be by design.


The Surgeon General “said it” by hiding it in a tweet during half-time on Superbowl Sunday. They hide it in soundbites, but they’re not saying it clearly. They avoid it like the plague. If the goal is less smoking, ALL government and public health organizations failed to make the grade in this “public health watch”.

Snus has been around a long time and is very successful in reducing harm in Sweden. The FDA clearly knows about snus, what is taking them so long? More than a decade has passed since vaping products were introduced to the United States.

Some are simply exercising their personal choice not to try them. MILLIONS have switched by choice and word of mouth.

Millions more are misinformed, “professionals” choosing to misinform the public with Google “alerts” (like this one), or are simply unaware of safer, less harmful alternatives to smoking. Ask yourselves why.


The landscape of “public health” includes a colorful spectrum of explanations – claiming vaping products are:

  • more dangerous than smoking
  • as dangerous as smoking
  • the same as smoking
  • better than smoking (but)
  • a way to switch (but)
  • a safer alternative to smoking

If “smoking is the leading cause of”, what is not making consumers aware vaping products are less harmful, to regulate , restrict, tax or ban less harmful alternatives called?


Reasonable regulation is fine. To define regulation of these products as tobacco is unscientific and irresponsible.

Organizations want restrictions (and bans) of both cigarettes and are including less harmful alternatives for 18, 19, or 20 years old adults, until they are 21. Ask yourselves why.

#PublicHealthRisk #PublicHealthWatch

In taking a look at various public health (government and ‘non-profit’) websites using an “informational search” about e-cigarettes being a less harmful alternative, I found most of the information is hidden, or at best, very difficult to find.

I did not include the obvious caveats before, during or after each statement.

In all quoted statements, all bold / italics are my emphasis, and a link to each statement is provided.


It’s time for public health officials to make a clear decision.

They want less smoking, or they don’t.

They want less harm, or they don’t.


The Lung Association statement to adults about vaping products:

“The Food and Drug Administration has not found any e-cigarette to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit. If smokers are ready to quit smoking for good, they should call…”

That statement is found here.

-0- content for consumers to look for and not find. Read what Dr. Siegel has to say.

Grade: F-


The American Heart Association statement to adults about vaping products:

“E-cigarettes either do not contain or have lower levels of several tobacco-derived harmful and potentially harmful constituents compared with cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. In comparison with NRTs, e-cigarette use has increased at an unprecedented rate, which presents an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes.”

That statement is found here.

Ambiguous and misleading, lack of content, extremely difficult for consumers to find information.

Grade: F


The American Cancer Society statement to adults about vaping products:

“Even though e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies them as “tobacco” products.”

“Research has found that e-cigarette use is likely to be significantly less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes.”

That statement is found here.

Also, the American Cancer Society says:

“Based on currently available evidence, using current generation e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but the health effects of long-term use are not known. ”

That statement is found here.

Stating e-cigarettes “do not contain any tobacco” and ‘likely to be significantly less harmful‘ is factual. To elude to “more research” (of which there is plenty of) is warranted but surrounded heavily by doubt.

Stating “less harmful”, then eluding to “health effects” is confusing since the health effects of smoking are known. Nowhere near setting a consumer’s mind at ease.

Grade: F


The Truth Initiative statement to adults about vaping products:

I don’t mind being wrong, and thanks to Dr. Charles Gardner for pointing this one out to me, I didn’t remember it existing.

“Some smokers may be unable or unwilling to quit using nicotine and would benefit by completely switching to a much lower harm nicotine delivery mechanism (including potentially a well-regulated e-cigarette).

“E-cigarettes are far less toxic than cigarettes, but they are not harmless.”

Both of these statements from Truth Initiative are found here.

They, among others above and below, support more combustible cigarettes.

If I couldn’t find it… how are consumers going to find it?

Grade: F


The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids statement to adults about vaping products:

“Under the right circumstances, e-cigarettes could benefit public health if they help significantly reduce the number of people who use combustible cigarettes” This statement from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is hidden in a PDF here.

They, among others above and below, support more combustible cigarettes.

Grade: F-


Centers for Disease Control statement to adults about vaping products:

“E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products. “

This statement is difficult to find and placed here.

According to the CDC, “Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.” A bit easier to find (for me) on their site if you know where to look. They have access to, and are conducting research. Period.

Grade: F


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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statement to adults about vaping products:

After the intro of “swirling plumes” and teens, buried in the middle it says

“Yet, while e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular combustible tobacco products—and a possible pathway to tobacco-smoking cessation for adults—the evidence on the effectiveness of these products for helping adult smokers quit completely is still uncertain.”

This statement can be found here.


Remember their words: “Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.” I had to search, much more than anyone would like. Unacceptable.

Grade: F


The Action on Smoking and Health statement to adults about vaping products:

Imagine the word ACTION and what that means.

It was very disappointing to need to search “e-cigarettes” and come up with multiple choice links to no answer.

If you are interested: Here is the search. Here is their main page.

InACTION

Grade: F-


The Surgeon General statement to adults about vaping products:


With no advice or information given for reducing harm for adults, there is “advice” about teen use on this page.

Remember the words: “Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.” I could not find one link I could see for adults to research this topic coherently.

Grade: F- –


The Surgeon General is incompetent:

#SGWatch:

I can’t make this stuff up, here is the link.

Food and Drug Administration statement to adults about vaping products:

As a smoker, if I were looking for information about less harmful products, it would take hours to not find it here.

Remember, the “Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.” ?

Grade:F–


Is lack of effort of those “in charge” of the best scientific information available acceptable? Is confusing information about less harmful products a productive way to reduce smoking? Should information be hidden under sincere consumer searches depending on honest google searches?

It’s time for public health officials to make a clear decision. They want less smoking, or they don’t. They want less harm, or they don’t. Then, ask them all why.

If “smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths”, and organizations don’t change the conversation, eventually, the country will know the business they are conducting, and the business they’re actually “in”: failure of public health.


Is it coordinated efforts to keep the public from information?

You bet it is:

This video from Brent Stafford at Regulator Watch with Michelle Minton is astounding.

Collusion | Dirty Details of the Coordinated effort to Kill Vaping

Michelle Minton can be found here, here, and what is discussed above, here)

Don’t miss what Dr. Siegel has to say.


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