Vaping Deglamorized by Media


Sierra Wilson, Writer/Editor

Vaping has become a huge epidemic in the media, framed as a menace to health. While admittedly, vaping isn’t equivalent to fruits and vegetables, it’s not as bad as it’s being made out to be.

The fact of the matter is, there isn’t enough evidence to determine how harmful vaping is. However, compared to smoking cigarettes, it’s almost 95 percent less harmful. Smoking cigarettes accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 18 percent of all deaths (New York Post).

Many adults use vaping as a substitute to cigarettes in an effort to quit smoking. A study conducted in the United Kingdom discovered vaping to be twice as effective in getting smokers to quit (New York Post). Without e-cigarettes, smokers would be less likely to quit for the betterment of their health.

What isn’t being said in the media is what exactly is causing the illnesses. Most cases come from black market THC cartridges. People buy carts discretely and often times don’t know where it’s coming from. On top of this, it’s easy to take the cart apart and tamper with the contents.

This isn’t an article claiming e-cigarettes to be the saints of smoking. There are cases linked to vaping, 530 to be exact, where some patients have been put into a medically-induced coma. Symptoms of someone affected by a vape related illness include: nausea, difficulty breathing, chest pain, vomiting, and diarrhea (Business Insider).

However, every article about vaping says there isn’t enough evidence to find a common link among the illnesses.

Trump has placed a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes and Juul has not only switched up staff members, but also stopped all advertising in the U.S. until the current mess is cleaned up (Market Insider). Extreme action is being taken amid the chaos around e-cigarettes, but there’s a bigger question to answer: why was this much action not taken against cigarettes?

Everyone knows how harmful smoking a cigarette is and that’s partly why companies like Juul became popular: to provide a less harmful substitute to smoking. There are hundreds of commercials describing the extent to which smoking is damaging and yet, cigarettes can still be found in nearly every store.

Why have cigarettes not been banned? Why is everyone obsessing over e-cigarettes when the original enemy is a cigarette? Had those not become popular, vaping wouldn’t be a thing. It seems no one has taken enough action against tobacco companies, who make their money off destroying the health of people.

Don’t attack the new product simply because it’s new and easier, go back and face the real root of the problem.