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Vaping Is Victim To Persistent Unfair Fake News Attacks

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It seems a day doesn’t go by where some nonsense gets put out on the web about Vaping, we’ve all been well aware of these ridiculous rumours and scare tactics for some time. But now a worrying trend seems to be emerging where major respected news agencies are starting to utilise on the ever hot topic of vaping and writing false reports about the damage vapers face either to themselves or those around them. The Rebel has wrote this piece -

Fake News Hits Vaping Unfairly

The fake news trend has been hitting the vaping community hard, but only recently has the misinformation campaign been utilized by a major news outlet.

The Rebel, an independent media source that discusses fake news among other issues, is reporting that CNN has joined the fight against vaping by spreading the false claim that tobacco use is on the rise amongst high school students. The news outlet has been consistently under fire by researchers, scientists and activists from different industries for their gaffes when it comes to reporting the news accurately. It is currently reporting that tobacco use by students increasing by 900 percent from 2011 to 2015. All of its information comes from the US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy.

Murthy states that: “These products are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing conventional tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and hookahs.”

Not only is the original tweet that The Rebel used for its reporting wrong, the article by the CNN is also loaded with misinformation.

The CNN article, which is located on the media outlet’s health section and can be read in full here, is full of scare tactics that have often been employed to scare people out of using vaping as a smoking cessation method. From Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stating that vaping companies are using the same advertising tactics as tobacco companies to lure young users to the continuously debunked idea that vaping is a gateway to smoking, the article utilizes every single fear-mongering weapon at its disposal.

For example, the statistic that there’s been a 900 percent increase in tobacco use is wrong. Many vaping liquids do not contain nicotine at all, and other liquids that do contain nicotine use a synthetic version of the ingredient that doesn’t have the same risks as tobacco-derived nicotine. And the report doesn’t take into account whether or not a teen tried a vape liquid with or without nicotine, which brings into question the veracity of the report or even which teen is actually a daily user, an occasional user, or just a teen who tried vaping once.

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