by Carl V Phillips
No, I am not talking about the chocolates that Julie Woessner sent out to CASAA workers and BOD members. (Thanks for those Julie. And also, you’re welcome — for me making the effort to point this out to the world, thereby making sure anyone who you missed will get in touch with you and help you correct your oversight. :-)
I am talking about this pro-ecig press release from Iowa Attorney General Thomas J. Miller. It has some mildly incorrect and naive bits, though none that are intentionally anti-THR. I am also a wee bit annoyed about the formatting that does not allow copy-paste. But I am going to just go positive today and quote (retype :-< ) the good bits.
The harm of the combustible cigarettes is dramatically greater than the harm of the e-cigarette. …. …whatever number is correct, e-cigarettes are dramatically less harmful than combustible cigarettes.
There has been an effort to say that combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes are equally harmful…and that they should be strongly regulated the same way. This view is incorrect, but it has gotten significant traction. Polling indicates that 32% of Americans believe that combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes are equally harmful. This means that as many as 13 million adult smokers believe them to be equally harmful, and are very unlikely to switch when switching may save their lives. People making misstatements about e-cigarettes have the best of intentions [sic] — to keep kids from being addicted [sic] to nicotine through e-cigarettes. But adults misleading kids to get them to do what we want has always been a failed strategy.
Sorry, had to quote the lame bit in the middle to get to the great payload at the end of that. Which leads into the awesome bit:
There is also a misconception about the prevalence of teen e-cigarette smoking [sic]. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, 13% of American high school students smoked [sigh] an e-cigarette once or more in the last 30 days. This includes regular use and experimental use. As the figure is repeated, the number 13% is used without that qualification. After a few repetitions, people then tend to assume that 13% are regular users. However, regular use — if defined by usage in 20 or more days in the last 30 days — is actually 2%. The numbers should be seen together — 13% used e-cigarettes once or more in the last 30 days; 2% have used an e-cigarette 20 or more days in the last 30 days.
I could not have said it better myself. And special kudos for:
The combustible cigarette is by far the most harmful consumer product known to mankind
This is a version of that claim that is actually defensible (though cars probably actually edge out cigarettes by most reasonable measures), unlike the more common versions I shredded in the previous post.
Imagine that. A government official who in spite of not being an expert on the science (as evidenced by some of the bits I did not quote) is a critical thinker who can see right through the obvious bullshit, and who then calls them on it.