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Long-Term Effects - When Will We Know?

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James Smith - dead at 102. Cause of death 75 years of vaping.


How many times have you seen it? The stronghold position by the FDA and others stating that there “just isn’t enough data to determine what the long-term effects of vaping might be”? Let’s face it, vaping has been around since 2003 and it’s just now beginning to hit its stride and become mainstream, but what time has told us, is that there are no proven short-term effects from vaping – at least none that I’ve ever heard of.

My concern is… how is “long-term” defined? Traditionally, conventional studies to determine long-term effects on health take at least 30 years, and the fact that vaping is more of a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for people who have been smoking for longer than they care to admit, and not a long-term replacement for smoking, may make conducting this research a bit of a challenge. And correct me if I’m wrong, but if the FDA is truly going to conduct research on the potential health risks associated with vaping, won’t it be necessary to find at least a handful of people to study who have never smoked cigarettes but have literally vaped for decades? Yeah - good luck with that.

The fact of the matter is we may never know what the long-term effects are – if any, simply due to the fact that a qualified pool of candidates may never truly exist. In the meantime, thanks to the foreseeable impact of the FDA’s new regulations on our industry, the preventable casualties of people potentially dying from smoking related illnesses while we wait for such research to be compiled could range in upwards of 15,000,000. I guess in some minds that must be an acceptable number.

What still baffles me to this day though, is that the government continues to hide behind children in order to justify its actions which I’m sure have other motivations behind them, and here’s why.

Seven months ago the “Monitoring The Future” survey, given by researchers from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) stated that “High school students in the U.S. are more likely to smoke marijuana daily than they are to smoke cigarettes.”

According to the survey, about 6 percent of 12th grade students reported that they smoked pot daily — about the same percentage as in 2014. And 5.5 percent of high school seniors reported smoking tobacco cigarettes every day, down from 6.7 percent in 2014. It is the first time since the survey was first conducted in 1975 that daily marijuana use has eclipsed smoking. It went on to say that “Continued areas of concern are the high rate of daily marijuana smoking seen among high school students, because of marijuana’s potential deleterious effects on the developing brains of teenagers".

So my question to you is this - where is the outrage? Where is the government’s overwhelming concern for the health of our youth? We’re talking about KNOWN health effects, and in most states, an illegal substance! Oddly enough I don’t see big brother riding in on his white horse in shinning armor ready to save the day and protect our youth. Instead, marijuana becomes recreationally legalized state by state making it more readily available. It couldn’t be because it’s of no threat to the tobacco industry could it? Nah… we’re not that shallow (wink).

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