OPINION EDITORIAL – Is doing harm worse than allowing harm to occur?
The American Lung Association, American Cancer Society and all government health departments are willfully allowing an estimated 100,000 tobacco deaths each year to occur. This is (done) through the discouragement of switching to reduced harm tobacco products that are proven to work. The methods the agencies encourage only work for about seven percent of smokers. If they would promote smokeless tobacco products – such as electronic cigarettes or Swedish snus – as a harm reduction method, around 100,000 lives could be saved.
They discourage smokers from switching because they have chosen to demonize nicotine consumption due to their close affiliation and funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Smokeless products such as snus have decades of usage statistics to prove the reduced harm of cancer and other related harms, yet they choose to demonize the product.
Electronic cigarettes have been around for nine years with only positive effects reported. Smokers need to know there are real options that work for more than seven percent of the population. We don’t need a study to prove that electronic cigarettes or smokeless tobacco are thousands of times better than inhaling tobacco smoke.
What we need is for our health agencies to willfully stop harm from occurring and take innovative measures to improve American lives.
Submitted by Arron Frazer, Utah Vapers Association