Vaping, e–cigarettes declared a public health threat by California

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Susan Abram from the Los Angeles Daily News posted “Why California declared vaping – e – cigarettes – a public health threat” on January 28th.

The California Department of Public Health released a report and an advisory where researchers found that  8th-10th graders are smoking vapes and e-cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes. The report also explained that in 2014, there were 243 calls made to California Poison Control centers—all calls relating to e-cigarettes poisoning and accidental consumption of the liquid inside. According to the report 60 percent of these calls involved children under the age of five.

California’s Public Health Director Dr. Ron Chapman stated, “there is a lot of misinformation about e-cigarettes. That is why, as the state’s health officer, I am advising Californians to avoid the use of e-cigarettes and keep them away from children of all ages.”

The president of the American Vaping Association, Gregory Conley, released in a statement his concern over the report.

“This report inappropriately paints this complex and important public health topic as a black and white issue,” said Conley.

Bill Godshall, the executive director of Smokefree Pennsylvania said that Chapman “committed public health malpractice of the worst kind.” According to Godshall, the California Department of Public Health is protecting cigarettes and threatening the lives of vapers and smokers and that “every sentence in the California Department of Health’s e-cig report is false or misleading fearmongering propaganda.”

I found that this article was incredibly detailed since Abram provided sources from all ends, making the piece well-rounded. I think something that could have been added to the piece are the opinions of vape and e-cigarette users themselves and what they personally think about the report released by the department. I would have also liked to been further informed as to why Godshall feels that California’s Department of Public Health reports misleading information to the public when the report demonstrates opposite motives.


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