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Why a Journalist is advocating that public housing in the USA allow vaping.


Sally Satel is a well-known Journalist that writes for Forbes magazine, and she is a tireless advocate for e-cigarettes.

Public Housing in the USA are currently contemplating a vape ban in all their properties, over 1 million of them. The proposal is open to public comment for 60 days.

Writing that many that live in public housing are vulnerable and on low income, a disproportionate number of them are also smokers. To deal with the smoking ban imposed on public housing, many of them now vape, and, Sally believes they should be allowed to continue to do so.

She writes, “The reason is obvious. If you want people to change long-standing habits, you need to give them an alternative. Yes, there are patches and gum for smokers but the fail rate is high: between 80 and 90 per cent of people who try them don’t succeed. Those who fail need another lower-risk option: electronic cigarettes.

“In short, because vaping products do not burn tobacco, they do not produce cancer-causing tar. The long-term effect of inhaled propylene glycol, a constituent of the nicotine-laced “e-liquid” that is heated in e-cigarettes, remains unknown, but the short and intermediate term effects are negligible to non-existent. Cleary, the risk to lung and cardiovascular health is far less with e-cigarettes relative to traditional, combustible cigarettes.

A no-vaping rule would hit these subgroups especially hard. A prohibition against replacing smoking with vaping – and thereby removing an option to help them quit disease-producing cigarettes — would fly in the face of the federal government’s much touted commitment to reducing health disparities.” 

19th November 2015, 14:44