CDC’s reporting is questionable
As a national health authority, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a responsibility to report on the facts. During the lung injury outbreak, despite the growing evidence that THC cartridges were the cause, the CDC alluded that nicotine eliquid was to blame. They are guilty of confirmation bias.
The “e-cigarette” was the first vaping product and was invented in 2004. It was specifically designed to replace the tactile sensation and inhalation delivery of nicotine of a tobacco cigarette. Since then, “vaping” products include all devices that heat a liquid to a gas for inhalation. If the liquid is not nicotine, it is specified i.e. vaping THC.
CDC vs FDA accuracy
The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised the public about the facts on the lung injuries. Both released reports on Sept. 6, 2019. It is very clear, when reading the reports that the CDC chose a fear-based narrative about tobacco harm reduction and glossed over THC products that were causing the injuries.
Confirmation bias through wording
Reviewing multiple dictionary meanings for e-cigarette, not one mentions anything accept nicotine. E-cigarettes are designed to replace tobacco. The term is never used for drug use in the vaping community nor industry. Further, “vaping” is also referring to nicotine unless an alternative liquid is specified.
The lies are working
The pervasive misinformation has successfully convinced the public that eliquid is a source of EVALI. In 4 months, the lies convinced 13% of people that vaping is MORE harmful than smoking, The public now demand tobacco harm reduction bans.
The United Kingdom (UK) promotes vaping for smokers. They are different than most of the world because they reviewed the science on vaping before the global false narrative got to them. The lies were so pervasive that even their citizens became misinformed.