On Wednesday, President Trump announced the Food and Drug Administration will be finalizing the details to ban all non-tobacco flavored vaping products. The action comes after a number of recent deaths and hospitalizations were blamed on vaping.
But Consumer Choice Center Senior Fellow Jeff Stier says Trump and the media are missing huge chunks of the real story. As a result, he says the government is about to take sweeping action that will do nothing to solve the problem and will actually make it much worse.
While Stier admits he tends to let adults make their own decisions on products like vaping, his frustration over Trump’s decision is that it’s not supported by the facts.
According to Stier, e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than traditional cigarettes and millions of ex-smokers are now healthier because they switched to vaping.
Furthermore, Stier says nicotine vaping is not related to the health scares and deaths seen in recent weeks. It’s actually street versions of vapes with very different ingredients.
“Every bit of scientific evidence that we have (of the damaging vapes) points to vaping of THC butane hash oil contaminated with Vitamin E acetate, which should never be heated and inhaled into the lungs,” said Stier.
Stier says banning nicotine vapes for problems they don’t cause would be like banning hypodermic needles because some use them to inject damaging drugs into their systems.
Listen to the full podcast as Stier explains what will happen to the number of medical emergencies linked to vaping if the FDA follows through on this ban.