Dr. Ross: California’s “Public Health” System Seems to be Trying to Kill Smokers

Which is more dangerous, a cigarette or a vaporized system to cure people of smoking? To the Leftists wanting to continue the stream of cigarette taxes, while proclaiming hatred of the smelly weed, the “E-cigarette” is a danger to their ideology. Greg Gutfield on “The Five” a few days ago that this was about money and fear, not science or need.

Dr. Gilbert Ross of the American Council on Science and Health, in an exclusive article for the California Political News and Views noted, “The net result of all this alarmism against e-cigs is to protect cigarette markets. Why, you may ask? I fear the reason has more to do with maintaining local budgets propped up via cigarette taxes, and for the academic centers, vast amounts of funding from the mega-rich pharmaceutical companies who purvey nearly-useless nicotine replacement patches, gums and drugs.”

This is really not about cigarettes at all. It is about the ongoing campaign to kill freedom and the right to choose how to live.

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California’s “Public Health” System Seems to be Trying to Kill Smokers
Gilbert Ross, M.D. , The American Council on Science and Health 2/2/15

Special to the California Political News and Views 

Given that cigarette smoking is the most important — and preventable — public health problem our country faces, and has been for decades, I cannot help but wonder why the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has decided to wage an all-out war – a jihad, in fact — against the most likely method to help smokers quit their deadly addiction: electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). Their latest weapon: a 20-page booklet, State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes, sub-titled A Community Health Threat.

The pervasive animus spewing from our public health establishment, fomenting baseless fear of e-cigs, follows the Big Lie template perfected by the tobacco cartel in the 1950s: the antithesis of sound public health policy. Like many wars, this campaign began in stealth, with numerous cities and counties enacting restrictions against indoor “vaping” (as using an e-cig is called), and gradually spread, by measures deeming e-cigs as tobacco products, incorporating them into “clean air” acts — although the lawmakers were well aware that e-cigs contain no tobacco, and emit no smoke. Bans on vaping in public parks and beaches ensued, based on the vague fear of “renormalization”: as if seeing someone vaping would entice naive youngsters into following suit, and then of course becoming smokers. There is zero evidence that this is a realistic concern.

These incremental steps have now become a monstrous crescendo, a mass propaganda campaign to exaggerate hypothetical risks of e-cigs while ignoring or downplaying solid evidence of both their effectiveness in helping smokers quit, and their lack of adverse effects. The font of much of this hysteria and mythology emanates from the University of California-San Francisco, where the formerly respected anti-tobacco advocate, Stanton Glantz, holds court. He and his coterie have taken over the means of communication, both of the official CDPH and even of most of the mainstream media, which parrots their increasingly shrill alarms warning desperate smokers to avoid e-cigs at all costs! In other words — given the sad fact that the FDA-approved cessation methods work less than ten percent of the time — keep on smoking!

The latest CDPH broadside follow hard upon one released two weeks ago: How to Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes. One would think that on every corner, some underworld character was lying in wait to grab your children and entice them into a lifetime of vaping and nicotine addiction. But, what about the real enemy: cigarettes? Eh, not so much interest from Dr. Ron Chapman, the “State Health Officer” responsible for much of these travesties. He and his minions are focused, laser-like, on keeping California’s citizenry safe from e-cigs!

And he is being increasingly successful! Recent surveys have shown that smokers who were contemplating quitting (three-quarters say they plan to quit) are now avoiding trying e-cigs much more often than they were even a year ago, largely due to the fear campaign engendered in Sacramento and San Francisco. As well as from our nation’s public health establishment: the CDC and its head, Tom Frieden, are also in the vanguard of fear-mongering against e-cigs, along with local governmental officials at every level. And who is rejoicing at this success? Why, the makers of cigarettes! The net result of all this alarmism against e-cigs is to protect cigarette markets. Why, you may ask? I fear the reason has more to do with maintaining local budgets propped up via cigarette taxes, and for the academic centers, vast amounts of funding from the mega-rich pharmaceutical companies who purvey nearly-useless nicotine replacement patches, gums and drugs.

The CDPH warnings point out the attractive ads for e-cigs, and the fact that more young people are experimenting with them. True enough, but the number of teens smoking has declined simultaneously! The so-called health gurus also assert that we just don’t know the long-term dangers of e-cigs. Perhaps, but we sure as hell know the dangers of smoking, don’t we? Listen, no one wants to sell e-cigarettes to anyone who is not already addicted to nicotine, generally in the form of cigarette smoking. That is the key factor that those who oppose e-cigs always ignore: e-cigs are for helping smokers get their nicotine without the hundreds of deadly chemicals in smoke! Almost a half-million Americans die from smoking each year: none from vaping. If I had Dr. Chapman, or Glantz, or Frieden, across the table from me now, I’d ask them: doctors, what is your putative solution to the deadly problem of cigarettes in America?

I know one thing: they would not say “e-cigarettes.” And that is official public health malpractice, gross negligence, rising to the level of criminal misconduct, in my opinion. They should stop spreading lies about e-cigarettes and instead encourage America’s 43 million smokers to try vaping to help them finally escape the clutches of their lethal addiction.

 

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