Every movement needs its champions, and the ecigarette community has found another one in Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.
Here is a leader unmoved by the false argument that vaping is as harmful as combustible cigarettes. Nor is Miller inclined to give the appearance of supporting Big Tobacco and its tax revenues by coming out against the ecigarette and vaporizer industry.
Instead he relies on the science and the facts, the way any decision-maker should. As far as Miller is concerned, those facts are clear.
“The harm of the combustible cigarette is dramatically greater than the harm of the ecigarette. The combustible cigarette is by far the most harmful consumer product known to mankind, killing 480,000 people each year in the United States alone,” Miller said in a press release.
He went on to cite the safety of an ecigarette compared to regular tobacco cigarettes, with one panel of experts estimating the device is 95 percent less harmful, and another estimate suggesting ecigs are 90-98 percent less harmful.
AG Miller also noted a misconception about the prevalence of teen ecigarette smoking. The National Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that 13 percent of American high school students smoked an ecigarette once or more in the last 30 days, however, Miller found only 2 percent have used an ecigarette in the last 30 days – a significant difference.
Miller views acceptance of the ecigarette as a viable option for people who want to switch from a much more harmful product – based on science and fact. As we have seen with other divisive issues in our country, when opinions such as Miller’s are voiced, the conversation deepens and more leaders could arrive at the same smart conclusion.
And isn’t that how any divisive issue should be looked at in our country? Wouldn’t it be refreshing if all our lawmakers adopted a similar point of view, examining the facts, discarding rhetoric and hyperbole and supporting the smartest options for their constituents?