Politicians and Media Fabricate ‘Vaping Epidemic’ as Teen Suicide Rate Hits Record High

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Politicians and Media Fabricate ‘Vaping Epidemic’ as Teen Suicide Rate Hits Record High
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Politicians and Media Fabricate ‘Vaping Epidemic’ as Teen Suicide Rate Hits Record High
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Lawmakers on Capital Hill spent yesterday harassing Juul co-founder James Monsees. Their outrage seems to stem from the fact that teens now prefer underage vaping to underage smoking. It appears politicians and the media would much rather promote a phony “vape epidemic” than address the fact that children are actually dying from suicide and prescription drug overdoses.

Considering the advancement of the modern electronic cigarette didn’t occur until recently, it seems reasonable that the number of Americans vaping has increased dramatically in the past few years. However, this reality has been completely lost on lawmakers and media personalities. By their logic, mass-production of the automobile must have been an epidemic as well.

Beyond a rising number of Americans vaping, those promoting the “deadly vape epidemic” don’t have a whole lot of information to back up their claims. Although modern electronic cigarettes, like the Juul, have only been around for about two years, early adopters have been vaping with other devices for over a decade. Seriously horrific side effects should have become apparent by now, especially considering how heavily some users vape.

There is reason to be concerned about teens and adults overdosing on nicotine, which has occurred across the country. However, these same effects could be achieved from smoking enough cigarettes or chewing too much nicotine gum. Indeed, when nicotine gum was released, horror stories were spread of children ingesting the drug.

Over exposure to nicotine is deadly serious, potentially causing strokes and other fatal health problems. Although, e-cig consumers have never had more control over the level of nicotine they’re ingesting. Like any drug, nicotine can be very dangerous. Deaths involving alcohol overdoses are fairly common in the United States, while nicotine overdose deaths are very rare.

This week, the media created quite a firestorm in response to claims about vaping from a children’s hospital in Wisconsin. The chief medical officer says he suspects vaping caused “severe lung damage” in eight of their patients within a month. However, the hospital has declined to provide specific medical details about the cases, leading many to question the credibility of their claims.

Meanwhile, the teen suicide rate in the United States has hit an all-time high, according to a recent report from the LA Times. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young Americans. According to the CDC, 517 American children between 10 and 14 years old committed suicide in 2017.

More than 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017. Over 47,000 Americans committed suicide in 2017. To put these numbers into perspective, less than 15,000 people were killed in firearm homicides in the same year (including cases of self defense).

Why would politicians and media personalities choose to focus on a nonexistent “epidemic” while thousands of American teens die from suicide and drug overdoses? I’ll leave that for you to decide.

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