On Wednesday, the House's House Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee held the first of two hearings examining the role of Juul, the country's largest e-cigarette company, in the alleged "epidemic" of adolescents, sweeping America's high schools  It is believed that such hearings provide an opportunity for members of the congress to assert themselves with outright outrage or to perform publicly with excessive sympathy. But MEPs Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, half of the so-called "troupe", have managed to beat the typical pantomime only from those who are not interested in questioning their prejudices about reality. Not only did Tlaib take a reckless approach to evidence-based policies, but it also claimed the extraordinary claim that Juul "kills" people. Society and many public health professionals around the world who switch exclusively to vaping reduce that Risk of death and illness.
Also the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb, who helped to increase the risk A moral panic regarding e-cigarettes said: "If we could convert any adult smoker to an e-cigarette this has a profound impact on public health. "
Given Tlaib and Pressley's trust in government health care, one would hope to know what the world's largest provider of socialized medicine has to say about e-cigarettes. The UK National Health Service actively promotes vaping as a dramatically safer alternative to smoking and even allows the opening of steam rooms in hospitals.
However, these facts were lost to the Democratic members, with Wednesday's hearing focused on Juuls marketing practices the specter of youth nicotine addiction. But it's not nicotine that kills 480,000 Americans every year. It is the smoke of flammable cigarettes. The great pioneer of public health, Michael Russell, said best: "People smoke for nicotine and die of tar."
More than 2 million Americans have switched from cigarettes to vaping, as have millions around the world. Far from killing people, e-cigarette companies will have saved more lives in two and a half hours when Democrats cursed Juul than either Pressley or Tlaib would do in their lives.
The tobacco wars of the nineties are not a sign of bravery. This is a confirmation of the already dangerous misperceptions when vaping.
According to a study released earlier this year, the proportion of adults who believe e-cigarettes are more dangerous than cigarettes more than tripled between 201
The germ of truth in Wednesday's hearing was that, in 2018, there was a worrying rise in the number of teenagers using e-cigarettes. More than 20% of high school students said they quit at least once last month, and around 6% said they regularly quit. It should be noted that only 0.6% of children who had never consumed another tobacco product stated to steam regularly. These figures are nevertheless worrying, especially since they are likely to rise again this year.
Nobody wants children to take or use other adults' products such as alcohol or marijuana. Students who start with steaming and are dependent on e-cigarettes should be helped and above all prevented, that these products are even bought.
The tragedy is that they are not focusing on this point of near-universal compliance, We are in a situation where most public health experts acknowledge that vaping is safer than smoking and effectively aids smokers in quitting community Health and Health Behavior at Buffalo's School of Public Health put it this way: "If no child wants to take a drink, this is no justification for evasion attempts or misinformation about differential damage to products that they should not use but use."
Guy Bentley ( @ gbentley1 ) is an author of Washington Examiner Blog on Beltway Confidential. He is director of consumer freedom at the Reason Foundation.