Journal Article

A Proposed Collaboration Against Big Tobacco: Common Ground Between the Vaping and Public Health Community in the United States

Theodore L. Wagener, Ellen Meier, Alayna P. Tackett, James D. Matheny and Terry F. Pechacek

in Nicotine and Tobacco Research

Volume 18, issue 5, pages 730-736
Published in print May 2016 | ISSN: 1462-2203
Published online October 2015 | e-ISSN: 1469-994X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntv241
A Proposed Collaboration Against Big Tobacco: Common Ground Between the Vaping and Public Health Community in the United States

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Addictions and Substance Misuse

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

An unfortunate conflict is underway between the public health community and the vaping community over e-cigarettes’ harmfulness or lack thereof. This conflict is made worse by an information vacuum that is being filled by vocal members on both sides of the debate; a perceived lack of credibility of public health officials by those in the vaping community; the tobacco industry’s recent involvement in e-cigarettes; and the constant evolution of different styles and types of e-cigarettes. This conflict is avoidable; common ground exists. If both groups rally around what is in their own and the public’s best interest—the end of combustible tobacco—all will benefit significantly. If not, the result may be missed opportunities, misguided alliances, and—ultimately—poorer public health.

Implications:

This study brings light to the contentious debate between the vaping and public health communities. It addresses how both sides are responsible for bringing misleading information to the public and vocal leaders on both sides are unknowingly intensifying and polarizing the debate-likely at the expense of public health. It also describes how this conflict is avoidable, and provides a starting point for potential positions of common ground against Big Tobacco.

Journal Article.  5839 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Addictions and Substance Misuse

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.