|motivation||public health communication|
It's scientific consensus that e-cigarettes are the lesser evil, by a wide margin. The popular PHE/RCP meta study estimates the remaining risk from vaping 95% below combustible cigarettes. The toxicological cancer risk even 99.5% reduced.
But risk perceptions on e-cigarettes have been completely perverted by anti-vaping FUD. A majority of current smokers now falsely believes that smoking carries the lesser harm. Even doctors are susceptible to disinformation campaigns.
A disinformed public can't make sane health choices.
BfR monitor 2019
German federal bureau of risk assessment (BfR) report from 2019 already reveals shocking misperceptions. In particular among current smokers, whom this poses a probable deterrant to even attempt the switch to less toxic alternatives. And this was even before the [EVALI] FUD campaign.
ASH report on e-cigarette usage in GB
Shows a light recovery from EVALI disinformation, but still almost a third of smokers believing that smoking was equally or less harmful.
dog bites battery
Exploding e-cigarettes is a common trope popularized by sensationalist media (whilst ignoring the dozens of smoking-induced house fires each day). It's sort of understandable, for the rarity and thus newsworthiness. But it gets parroted and exaggerated by anti-vaping activsts with obscene frequency.
Same for EVALI, which second-hand journalists ran with. Thus reinforcing smokers to abandon any current quit attempts with e-cigarettes.
doctors wholly misinformed about nicotine being carcinogenic
The disinformation campaigns around vaping has also affected doctors. Might also be partially explained by the trivialization/redeclaration of tobacco addiction as nicotine addiction.
- "Alarmingly high" number of US doctors think nicotine causes cancer
- More than 80% of doctors tthink nicotine causes cancer
Misinformation is often easy to spot, if it contains one of the olden scare phrases:
|lead||smolder studies||Not actually present in e-cig heating coils (FeCrAl or SS316L). Origin was a Bloomberg-associated study; didn't disclose used devices.|
|formaldehyde||ergo harmful||Occurs in heated vapor at doses typically 100-1000 lower than in combustible cigarettes. Not negligible, but .|
|diacetyl ("popcorn lung")||FUD||Mostly eradicated in most e-liquids. And had never the concentration of diacetyl in cigarettes. And even those couldn't have possibly triggered "popcorn lung".|