Most of us are familiar with and support harm reduction such as seat belts or bike helmets. Smoking is the most preventable cause of disease and death in North America! It’s very hard to quit smoking, so harm reduction is the solution for many smokers to reduce the harm of their nicotine dependance.
The standard scientific tool for measuring the harm from drug use is the MCDA (multi-criteria decision analysis). Experts compared 12 different sources of nicotine using the MCDA. The most harmful source were cigarettes so they were given the value of 100%. The other 11 sources show the relative risk of harm compared to smoking.
Citizens have a right to life which means they have a right to all the information to make informed decisions about preserving health. They also should have access to and be able to effectively utilize harm reduction to protect health such as condoms, seat belts and vaping.
“People smoke for nicotine but they die from tar.” -M. Russell
WHO prioritized the 9 most toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke for reduction. Vaping significantly reduces or eliminates these toxic chemicals! As to formaldehyde, it is naturally occurring in exhaled breath.
Over 7000 harmful chemicals are produced when the chemically laden cigarette is burned including: carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrocarbons, nitrous oxide, free radicals, radioactive compounds, arsenic, phenols & 69 carcinogens These aren’t found in vapour.
“If you are a smoker, vaping is a less harmful option than smoking.” Health Canada. Vaping nicotine is less than 5% the risk of smoking and the government limits what can be put into the eliquids to keep it that way.
Unlike 100 years ago when smoking came around, science has analyzed thousands of chemicals. All of those chemicals have been tested for safety to establish Threshold Limit Values (TLV). Vapour was compared to TLV and passed with flying colours.
Top health agencies in the US tested for hazardous chemicals in the air in a vape shop with active vaping. The vast majority of chemicals were not even detected! Friends and family of vapers can feel comfortable around vaping and support smokers making the switch.
In Great Britain, vaping is recognized as a significant harm reduction strategy and is promoted by their public health. Yet, less than 2% of 11-18 year olds vape more than once a week. WHERE is the youth vaping epidemic in Great Britain?
Young people have been recruited to distract from the harm reduction aspect of vaping and replace it with fear of youth becoming addicted to nicotine. The problem with this focus is it denies the millions of smokers in North America from learning about an effective harm reduction option.
Health authorities and media claim that youth are becoming dependent on nicotine because of vaping. Dependence to nicotine means daily use. Youth that have never smoked are not daily vapers. But youth that would have becomes smokers are vaping instead.
To compare statistical data from year to year, the parameters of that data must remain the same. The Government of Canada changed the parameters of youth vaping data which falsely inflates the numbers and perpetuates the fear-provoking narrative.