Media Uproar Over Vaping Illnesses And Deaths

Media Uproar Over Vaping Illnesses And Deaths

Update 12-22-2019

CDC is reporting that the results of a study published in the New England Medical Journal show that a likely major contributing factor of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) is the addition of Vitamin E acetate to black market THC cartridges : 
Laboratory data support previous findings that vitamin E acetate is closely associated with EVALI.
  • This study analyzed samples from 51 EVALI cases from 16 states and a comparison group of samples from 99 healthy people for vitamin E acetate, plant oils, medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, coconut oil, petroleum distillates, and diluent terpenes.
  • Vitamin E acetate was identified in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid samples (fluid samples collected from the lungs) from 48 of the 51 EVALI patients, but not in the BAL fluid from the healthy comparison group.
This development potentially vindicates those who criticized media and politicians who rushed to judgment in calls to ban all vaping products in the wake of the outbreak of vaping related illnesses months ago. 

Please excuse the moralizing below. I just hate tobacco and I want you to break free.

I Understand Smokers Because I Used To Be One (Original Story Oct 2019)

I considered taking up pipe smoking a while back. What research exists seems to indicate that one bowl per day is associated with longer life span. Some researchers think that this might have something to do with a supposed stress relief factor involved with smoking pipe.

I decided against taking up the habit because habits tend to escalate.

Also, I could not find a decent supplier of pipe tobacco anywhere near where I live.

The above is a little insane to be thinking when you consider that I smoked when I was younger and now have decades of tobacco free living under my belt. Though it has been many years since I quit, still I suspect the big "C" whenever I feel a little pain in my chest.

I guess it is good for people to have vaping as a safer alternative than cigarettes when it comes to nicotine delivery. I personally have never had the inclination to try it. 

The best policy is to never put nicotine into your body to begin with, whether by cigarettes, vaping or otherwise. It's not smart and it's not cool, but stupid and greedy people wield a lot of influence and can create the illusion that it's all that and sexy too within the context of our Idiocracy world. I say this as a reformed pack-a-day Idiocrat.

Crocodile Tears Of The Main Stream Media

I view the present media drama over vaping illnesses and deaths to be insincere given that there is no media vocalization about the effects of cigarettes upon society at all. And this makes no sense at all because the negative impact of cigarettes upon society is far greater. If there was to be an uproar over cigarettes proportional to that over vaping in relation to the relative damage to society that each causes I suppose that there should have been media apocalypse by now. Instead, the de facto population control mechanism that cigarettes appear to be marches on and the corporate propaganda bullhorn that the media is continues to distract and distort.

Tobacco Is Mind Control 

When I refer to cigarettes as a "population control mechanism" I do not mean that cigarettes are used to reduce population. Tobacco is used to control behavior to the benefit of the tobacco companies. Many people who try tobacco for the first time become lifelong slaves to corporate tobacco. Do you disagree? Look at the millions of people who smoke themselves to death. Did they not start with that first puff? I have known several people who died of smoking related illnesses. They smoked up to the very last day of their lives.

Perhaps ironically, the lives of smokers are actually pretty long all things considered. Smoking only chops off the last ten years of their life expectancy, so many smokers live into their 60s, 70s, and beyond. Those final years are likely to be miserable and hard on a family's resources. The good thing is that you will be surrounded by understanding family members because it is highly likely that you passed on your smoking habit to many of them.

The average smoker will spend over $100,000 on tobacco over the course of their lifetime. This reality is harder on the lower-income (and no-income) individuals than anyone else. The kids may be hungry, with holes in their clothes and a whole host of deprivations - but mom and dad are never to be seen without a cigarette hanging from their lips.

That is mind control.

In contrast to reducing population, tobacco use is related (not causative) to the opposite. Tobacco users tend to have more children than non-smokers. And the children of tobacco users are more likely to grow up to be tobacco users than the children of non-tobacco users. See how insidious tobacco is? 

The fellow who commercialized tobacco use was an evil genius.

My advice is never to start. Stay away from smoking and vaping. They are nasty and expensive habits with no upside.

Pardon the digression and let's return to the media distraction.

The Facts About Smoking vs. Vaping

From the CDC's data on these recent vaping illnesses (as of this writing):
  • 530 cases
  • 7 deaths
  • Most cases have a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC
  • No cause has been determined
  • No specific product or substance has been determined to be a cause
The cause of these vaping related illnesses is not known at this time. There is "only" an association with vaping and also with vape products containing THC.

Another unknown is how long these disease states were in development.

Yet there have already been shrill cries to ban all vaping.

This is very odd indeed considering the truth we know and have known for decades about cigarettes.

Also from CDC data:
Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
There it is! A literal smoking gun.

Every single year almost 440,000 Americans commit suicide by tobacco.

And another 41,000 Americans are murdered by tobacco - murdered by a smoker who is committing suicide. Hey, here is an idea...let's ban bump stocks.

I may be wrong, but I think that the number of deaths from second hand vaping thus far in human history is somewhere near zero. Is that close to correct?

Why The Lynch-mob Mentality In Media Toward The Vape Industry? 

Don't get me wrong. I feel terrible for the people who got sick or died in connection with vaping. I feel for their families. It's a real tragedy. But the government and others are being total hypocrites considering their relative silence about cigarette related deaths and illnesses. 

Tobacco related illness is one of the greatest true calamities facing the United States and it is ongoing for decades. 

One source estimates that tobacco related illness costs more than $300 billion every year. It is well known that raising tobacco taxes and in turn the price of cigarettes has an inverse effect upon tobacco use. It seems that the government does not want fewer people to smoke given its, according to some, lax taxing strategy with tobacco. 

The US government rakes in close to $13 billion per year in tobacco taxes. But the taxes are only one factor. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are soaked in tobacco dollars in the form of campaign contributions. Could this be why taxation of tobacco is not more aggressive?

So who could be behind this big push to ban vaping? 

Who stands to benefit from banning vaping?

Who could that be?

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