Interest in vaping has increased since August when politicians, regulators and the press started focusing on the fast-growing industry.
All parties have focused on the growing health implications resulting from vaping and the deaths that appear to be increasing. Indeed, the number of vaping searches on Google has skyrocketed in the past month.
Vaping searches have skyrocketed in Google. | Source: Google Trends
On Friday, the latest victim of vaping succumbed in Missouri. The news will no doubt be front and center in the ongoing push to get vaping criminalized.
While the concerns about vaping are real, the political opposition to this practice ignores the fact that vaping was never intended to be safe or harmless in the first place. Even the CEO of JUUL, a leading e-cig manufacturer, once cautioned people against using the product.
Critics are also ignoring that the number of illnesses and deaths attributed to vaping is only a tiny percentage of the overall number of people who use vapes. The number is also minuscule compared to the number of people who die from traditional smoking.
Vaping is Safer than Smoking
While the impacts of vaping have not been studied adequately, there are reasons to believe that they are slightly lower than those of traditional smoking. According to studies, a single stick of cigarette has more than 7,000 chemicals, most of which are harmful to the body. Compare this to the less than 50 chemicals that are in a single vape.
The total number of deaths and illnesses related to vaping confirms this. According to the CDC, the total number of deaths associated with vaping is just eight while the number of people suffering from a vaping-related disease is less than 600.