Published on September 13th, 2013 | by Trick3
Doctor Sees History Repeating with E-Cigs
In an opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee published Thursday, Dr. Michael Wilkes of the University of California, Davis accuses e-cigarette manufacturers of “using the playbook previously used to sell traditional cigarettes” to hook kids on nicotine.
“Currently the products are not regulated and there is no tobacco penalty tax — a tool that has proved extremely effective at driving up the cost of traditional cigarettes to help keep them out of the hands of young people. Yes, we need more research on the safety of these products, on addiction to them and on whether e-cigarettes are a gateway product to more dangerous tobacco products.”
There are a number of maddening inaccuracies to the article, such as claims that electronic cigarettes are primarily sold by tobacco companies, assertions that “we don’t really know” what’s inside an e-cigarette.
Wilkes’ solution to the perceived problem? Strict FDA oversight, of course. Wilkes thinks electronic cigarettes should be regulated as drug delivery devices.
In Wilkes’ defense, he does show some degree of crtitical thinking in admiting that more study is needed before coming to the conclusion that electronic cigarettes act as a gateway to tobacco use, and further acknowledges that the intent of electronic cigarettes is “not to create an entirely new generation of teens addicted to nicotine,” despite the wild claims of a great many anti-vaping activists.
Photo of Dr. Wilkes credit: Sacramento Bee / Scott Lorenzo