Having solved all of the world’s pressing public health problems, the American Lung Association (ALA) has determined their next target – actor Leonardo DiCaprio. If vaping has helped DiCaprio quit or significantly reduce his cigarette consumption, public health organizations should be celebrating his decision to switch, not condemning it. Misguided activists at the ALA should leave Leonardo DiCaprio alone.
The levels of benzaldehyde that a daily vaper is exposed to are over 1,000 times less than what a worker is allowed to be exposed to. Additionally, even the lead author of the study disputes that these findings support a belief that vaping could be as hazardous as smoking.
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Bert Brown, a consumer advocate who is very active with the Kansas Vapers Association, forwarded us his comments in response to a very large 20 cents per ml tax on vapor products that has been proposed in the Kansas Legislature. This tax was introduced and passed through the Senate with no opportunity for public comment, so as expected, the situation in Kansas is messy.
Both HealthDay and the Washington Examiner picked up the AVA’s response to a terribly performed study that purports to find that vapor products don’t help smokers quit. In HealthDay: “Asking smokers about their ‘ever use’ of a product, and then somehow attributing that ‘ever use’ to their subsequent success or failure to quit smoking months […]