E-cigarette manufacturers have hit back at claims made by the US Surgeon General about the health threats posed by vaping devices.
Nicopure Labs, who make the fluid used in vaping devices, has argued that the report published by the Surgeon General last Friday made unfair allegations about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes. It also neglected to mention the risk reduction of vaping compared to smoking.
“The public would be better served if U.S. Government officials focused their energy and attention on irresponsible manufacturers, and eliminate those who use inappropriate flavour names and employ marketing strategies that appeal to the youth,” said Jeff Stamler, Chief Executive Officer at Nicopure Labs.
Vivkek Murthy, the Surgeon General had called for stronger regulations in order to discourage use of e-cigarettes by young people. The report said that the use of e-cigarettes by young people increases their chances of taking up cigarettes or other tobacco products long term.
However, he is now facing criticism for the report which omitted any mention of the potential benefits of individuals using e-cigarettes rather than traditional tobacco. It also failed to mention that smoking rates in the US are currently at a fifty year low.
“The U.S Surgeon General is at serious risk of acting neglectfully,” said Charles Hamshaw-Thomas, Head of Corporate & Legal Affairs for Europe at Nicopure, “He’s framing policy on unproven risks and sacrificing the health of millions of smokers in the process.”
Earlier this year, the Royal College of Physicians published a report which praised the potential improvement that e-cigarettes could make to public health.
Vaping devices are regarded by supporters to be healthier as they lack tar and other harmful compounds found in traditional cigarettes. However, they still contain high levels of nicotine, an addictive compound that critics argue encourage smoking over time.
Murthy called on healthcare professionals and teachers to discourage the use of cigarettes of any kind by young people.
Online reaction to the report has also been mixed:
— Alan Beard (@Alan_Beard1) December 12, 2016
Surgeon General’s Report on E-Cigarettes is Scientifically Dishonest https://t.co/qfROahK9jP
— Christopher Snowdon (@cjsnowdon) December 8, 2016