NY State Senator Promotes Legislation with Inaccurate Facts
A state senator from New York has proposed legislation banning e-liquid flavors, legislation based on inaccurate facts.
In New York, vaping products have been on the defense. Proposals were submitted in favor of banning discount coupons for vaping products. After that the Health Commissioner wrote a letter which urged doctors to avoid suggesting vaping products as an alternative to tobacco products. Most recently, a state senator by the name of Brad Holyman, a democrat from Manhattan, has fought hard against different e-liquid flavors. He promoted this ban by saying that cigarette companies had been luring children into vaping by selling different flavors like cotton candy, gummy bear, and fruit punch. Holyman stated that these flavors only existed to get kids hooked on nicotine so that Big Tobacco would have a new generation of customers.
Dr. Michael Siegel stated that, “Instead of just telling the truth, the senator decided to lie and tell people that Big Tobacco is the culprit for marketing these flavors.”
Siegel pointed out that none of the flavors mentioned by the state senator are produced by Big Tobacco. Not a single company is producing fruit punch, cotton candy, or gummy bear flavored e-cigarettes. This use of inaccurate facts shows how the senator was trying to generate a sentiment of mistrust among the public toward Big Tobacco.
These flavors, mentioned by the state senator, are produced by independent companies with no connection to tobacco companies. Siegel suggested that, “However, that apparently does not make a good enough story to support this legislation. So instead of just telling the truth, the senator decided to lie and tell people that Big Tobacco is the culprit for marketing these flavors.” In addition to the fact that this state senator is attempting to make public laws based on incorrect information, the bigger picture is far bleaker.
It was concluded by a public health activist that aside from the fact that this proposal was based on lies, there are other reasons it is a bad idea. Studies have uncovered that what motivated adult smokers to change from deadly cigarettes to a safer e-cigarette alternative is precisely because of the many flavors available. Studies have shown e-cigarettes to be 95% safer by comparison. As such, one has to conclude that were the state senator’s proposal for banning e-liquid flavors actually be approved, the result would be a negative impact on public health; fewer smokers would be inclined to make the switch to the healthier and safer alternative.
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