Unfortunately, given that there is an overwhelming amount of negative, misleading, and bias toward vaping and tobacco harm reduction in general, it is up to advocates to bring awareness to this issue – I should include professionals from both science and medicine too.
Many over the years have asked me why this is so – (given that I know the real truth is that vaping is indeed at least 95% less-harmful). So Why?
Firstly, it’s about politics, tax dollars, supporting the pharmaceutical industry and their somewhat ineffective NRT’S (nicotine replacement therapy). Also, the fact that up until recently, government and regulators had not solidified any long-term concrete stance surrounding liquid nicotine and whether or not it would be supported, condoned, or even brought under control by government.
To me, the latest regulations that stipulate a doctors script is required to obtain and or import nicotine, or to purchase from a pharmacy, could well be the first steps government is taking to medicalise vaping and nicotine.
This wrong on so many levels – more on this later…