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Media Claims Vaping Caused Severe Dehydration and More! Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Media claims vaping caused severe dehydration. Asthma study has a lot of red flags. Researchers claim 2020 data means there’s still EVALI “crisis.” Cities win Ohio preemption lawsuit and more!

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MEDIA MISINFORMATION

Now Vaping Causes Severe Dehydration. What’s next?

Blaming severe dehydration on what they describe as “excessive” nicotine vaping, which was actually just 1/4 of a pod per day (the nicotine equivalent of approximately 5 cigarettes a day)? Claiming nicotine vaping somehow causes people to not drink fluids even when they’d obviously be extremely thirsty?

It defies logic. Why don’t people who actually smoke an entire pack of cigarettes per day also have this frequently happen to them? With 11 million adults and 2.1 million teens vaping in the U.S., why hasn’t there been a spike in severe dehydration cases?

There’s ZERO real world evidence that nicotine vaping – especially at such a low level of intake – causes this kind of severe dehydration.

These false claims blaming vaping for just about everything (because the patient just so happens to also vape) have gotten completely outrageous.

 

READ MORE: Arkansas teen is rushed to the ER after constant vaping caused his urine to turn BLACK

Irresponsible Journalism

It’s articles like this one from WILX News — filled with misinformation and insinuation — that cause most adults who smoke to keep smoking instead of switching to far safer vaping products. This one, and one from WJXT4, picked up most of the story from an Ivanhoe Broadcast News video.

First they claim “about one of every five high school students vape,” but the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey (available to reporters since November 2023) found that just 1 in 10 (10%) of high school students currently vape.

Mr. Bauer, who was interviewed for the piece, was diagnosed with influenza A (the flu) and developed a lung infection that was resistant to antibiotics. No causal link was established to his vaping.

In fact, Bauer’s surgeon, Dr. Ankit Bharat, told NBC News that they “can’t pinpoint” why he had such a bad infection. Dr. Bharat stated,  “One complicating factor is that Bauer had never received a flu shot” and “Bauer’s history of smoking and vaping may also have played a role, though it’s hard to say for sure.”

The article goes on to claim that “flavored vapes contain as much nicotine as two packs of cigarettes,” followed by explaining that with a pack of cigarettes “22 to 36 milligrams of nicotine will be inhaled.”

This claim is meant to capitalize on the fundamental misunderstanding the public (and even many healthcare professionals) has about nicotine. Nicotine may be what keeps people smoking, but it isn’t what causes lung cancer, heart disease, strokes and other smoking-related diseases. Those all come from inhaling smoke.

Which brings us to the claim that the “CDC reports nicotine has been linked to at least 12 different cancers.” In fact, the CDC actually states that smoking causes 12 types of cancer,” not nicotine itself.

And, of course, no anti-vaping article would be complete without repeating that “Vapes also produce other dangerous chemicals including acetaldehyde, acrolein and formaldehyde.”

This is a common anti-vaping narrative that relies heavily on studies that were criticized for overheating e-liquid and using dried out the coils to produce those chemicals, because doing so would make the vapor foul-tasting.  As we’ve said before, this claim is akin to warning the public that eating kale could cause cancer, because if you burn it to the point where it’s inedible, carcinogens are created.

This type of irresponsible “journalism” needs to stop. Full stop.

READ MORE: Up in smoke: The dangerous truth behind vaping

 

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E-cigarette Summit 2024 Recap

During our recent recap, CASAA CEO Alex Clark talks about one of the most compelling moments he witnessed while attending the 2024 E-Cigarette Summit. Unsurprisingly, that moment came from the honorable Clive Bates.

Watch the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/live/JCp_9KTGD1k

RESEARCH

Asthma Link Study Has Many Red Flags

This study claiming nicotine vaping “increases risk of early onset asthma” has some serious issues.

The authors acknowledge the limitation that, “other factors associated with age of asthma onset include environmental factors, nutritional intake, maternal smoking status, genes, allergies, dust mites, and family history of asthma, but these factors were not measured in the PATH Study, and our results should be cautiously interpreted.”

What they don’t acknowledge as a limitation is that “past 30-day use” was measured by the response to the question “In the past 30 days, have you used an electronic nicotine product, even one or two times?”

This means that people who may have only ever vaped once or twice in their life (and just happened to do so in the past 30 days,) people who only vaped once or twice a month, and/or people who may have just started vaping a few days before they took part in the PATH were counted as “vapers.” It’s easy to see how this is problematic. How can researchers possibly know the asthma caused by such infrequent and/or recent vaping and not the other factors that they’ve admitted weren’t measured in the PATH study?

Additional limitations are that the PATH Study also did not ask participants the exact date of their asthma diagnosis nor exactly when they started vaping.  So how could the researchers possibly know if the subjects began vaping before or after they were diagnosed with asthma?

Additionally, for some reason teens seem to be immune to the effect, which also raises red flags as to the validity of the conclusion.

Until these issues are addressed, it’s extremely premature to claim that this study comes anywhere close to showing that “vaping increases risk of early onset asthma.”

READ MORE: Vaping increases asthma risk by more than 200 percent, major analysis finds

Study Uses 2020 Data to Say EVALI Still a “Crisis”

While the public absolutely should still be warned that lung injuries have been strongly associated with vitamin E acetate in illicit THC vapes (something the CDC failed miserably at communicating,) the study authors’ recommendation seems a bit premature.

 

The so-called “EVALI” outbreak peaked between September 2019 and October 2019 at around 950 new cases reported in just that single month. This study identified 903 hospitalizations that were reported over 9 months (and that was back in 2020.)

Shouldn’t they at least look at the 2021, 2022 and 2023 data before they “suggest that EVALI continues to be treated as a public health crisis”?

READ MORE: Vaping Hospitalizations Remained High Even After CDC Stopped Tracking EVALI

 

LEGAL NEWS

Judge Rules Against Ohio Pre-emption Law

An Ohio judge on Friday ruled against a state law banning cities from making their own laws regulating the sale of flavored tobacco.

Under the law, Ohio cities would be prohibited from enacting their own regulations on the sale of tobacco products.

The decision only affects cities included in the lawsuit and is not a statewide injunction.

 

READ MORE: Judge says Ohio law banning cities from regulating tobacco sales is unconstitutional


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