Sick and tired of anti-vape propaganda? If so, don’t read this!

The Tennessee Department of Health has the usual concerns about vaping -- and also something very new

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The Tennessee Department of Health issued a “public health advisory” last week about “electronic nicotine delivery systems, ENDS, including electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers and similar emissions-producing devices.”

The 13-point warning covers plenty of ground, and contains the all the usual concerns, along with the expected number of “mays” and “mights.” Nicotine can be toxic, they say. Flavors may be attractive to children. Vapor can contain “formaldehyde, propylene glycol, acetaldehyde, acrolein and tobacco-specific nitrosamines.” Apparently, they get the wording for their public health advisories from Google searches.

Big deal, you’re probably saying. We see hilariously bad warnings from public health agencies all the time. Normally, we pay about as much attention as the actual public does (none). Why is this one different? Well, the Tennessee DOH has come up with an exciting new concern — one that showed creativity rarely seen in an office full of people who probably consult a manual before thinking.

They could contain strychnine too. They might contain anthrax, for that matter.

“Persons should not use ENDS devices offered to them by friends or acquaintances to prevent the spread of illness,” they say. And “more importantly, ENDS can be delivery systems for incapacitating agents such as gamma butyrolactone, GBL, more commonly known as the date rape drug.”

Date rape! Winner, champion, best of show, blue ribbon!

That’s a worry even Tom Frieden has missed. And no wonder, because there has never, ever been a report of any such thing happening. Could it happen? Yes, and that gum or soda or ice cream a stranger hands you could contain the very same things.

Hey, they could contain strychnine too. They might contain anthrax, for that matter. And let’s not forget radioactive polonium while we’re at it. The point is, if someone wants to dose you with anything, there are a million ways. These are the Reefer Madness-level scare tactics the anti-vaping zealots think they need to make an impact on public opinion at this point.

They know that Americans have been vaping now for a decade, and none of the frightening outcomes they’ve warned about has come to pass. They’re getting desperate.

Jim McDonald

I spend most of my time studying the regulatory, legislative and scientific challenges to vaping, advocating for our right to exist, and talking with others who do the same. Consider me a source for information, and feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say. I love good coffee and sweet Michigan cherries. My childhood hero was Gordie Howe.

  • ChrisR

    They don’t seem to have considered that GLB is not suitable for delivery via a vaporiser. The MSDS does not state that it’s toxic on inhalation. It’s probably just an URT irritant, same as for PG. A bit of extra throat hit, that’s about it.

    • Jeremy

      Too bad facts don’t get in their way of spreading scare tactics!

  • Gary Balkam

    I ges sum budy wuz a littil two cloos two Unkl Paw. Anyway, this should tell us one thing.. don’t go to Tenn. They are always thinking of new ways to roofie you. Damn it.. they were warned about using lead piping and oil barrels for makin’ moonshine, apparently, they didn’t listen.

  • shawnhoefer

    I had a friend in high school that used to raid his parents alcohol cabinet and inject oranges with vodka he would bring to school. Why didn’t they ban fruit? Another friend in college had an ingenious method of coring an apple using the large straw found at a popular M named fast food joint. The cored apple – with the straw as the stem – was used to smoke pot. No one ever thought to ban fruit then, either. This is as pointless now as it would have been then. If people want to do stupid, illegal things, regs and warnings aren’t they way to stop them…

    • Jim McDonald

      Agreed.