Posted by Mike Bartell

Recent political progress in favor of vaping from the State of New York.

Considering that other countries (especially the UK) have already progressed to where they are promoting the health benefits of vaping in comparison to smoking cigarettes, this is great news for us here in the USA.

The New York State Assembly Hearing was held on May 17, 2017 and some of the most refreshing and educated comments in favor of vaping were made by several Republican Politicians.

Armed with scientific research data, they demonstrated proven facts and more in support of arguments presented in favor of vapor products. It was groundbreaking and a win for us all.

Here are some of the comments and the full video link is available below.

Republican Dean Murray

“Let’s talk about some of the chemicals being brought up as harmful.
Propylene Glycol was one. Propylene Glycol sounds very scary, sounds very nasty. I’m assuming we all brushed our teeth this morning? Congratulations, you used Propylene Glycol. It’s in toothpaste, it’s cake icing, it’s in cake batter. These chemicals are everywhere.”

Republican Raymond Walter

“There are no peer-reviewed studies showing that Vaping leads to smoking. So it’s not a gateway, it’s less dangerous and we’re trying to scare people away from using e-cigarettes – this is only going to keep people smoking. We are actually doing more harm than good by passing bills like this. We are creating worse health outcomes for the citizens in our state.”

Republican Andrew P. Raia

“These products are not the same as cigarettes and not all vapor products contain any nicotine. So you can’t throw all vapor products in the same category."

Republican Dean Murray

“Nicotine Ingestion from secondhand exposure? Naturally, nicotine exists in strawberries. It is in tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, eggplant – are we going to ban those in public? While I understand the concern about cigarette smoke, it’s not the same thing! We are talking about apples and oranges.”

Republican Edward P. Ra

“Some of the studies in England are a little bit ahead of us on this and their top health physician organization are really starting to push e-cigarettes as a potential game changer that can prevent so many deaths that actual cigarettes cause. When London’s top health officials are saying these products are 95% safer, this should really make us take a step back and look at creating a separate category for these products and be much less restrictive with e-cigarettes than we are with cigarettes.”

Britain’s Royal College of Physicians

(One of the oldest and most respected medical societies, published a comprehensive report on e-cigarettes stating)

“the hazard to health arising from long-term vapor inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5 percent of the harm from smoking tobacco.”

According to these statements, scientific publications, vast research studies and more, proof of harm reduction from vaping is emerging and becoming more accepted. 
 
This is significant considering the vast proof that exists which clearly  demonstrates vaping IS safer than smoking cigarettes;  some reports indicate  more than 95 percent safer.
 
 
In 1962, The Royal College published the first major report on the harms of smoking - a full two years before the US Surgeon General. Lets hope it does not take us this long, too many lives are at risk! 

 

Video replay of The NY State Assembly Hearing on 5/17/17

UK References:

BBC: E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors

The New York Times: Smokers Urged to Switch to E-Cigarettes by British Medical Group

Forbes: Royal College Of Physicians Says E-Cigarettes Can 'Prevent Almost All The Harm From Smoking'