The Attorney General in Iowa is named Tom Miller, and his offered a strong defense of e-cigarettes in late December.
As far as he is concerned, the facts about vaping are very clear: The harm caused by regular cigarettes far exceed the harm of e-cigs. The regular, combustible cigarette is the most dangerous consumer product in the world, which kills nearly 500,000 per year in the US alone.
Miller also noted in a recent press release that e-cigarettes are much safer than tobacco products, with one expert panel opining that e-cigs are at least 95% less harmful, and another panel noted that e-cigs are as much as 98% less harmful.
Miller contends that there are efforts in the media to argue that e-cigs and tobacco products are equally damaging to the body and that companies that sell both are equally evil and bad for society. He noted that the products are not at all the same, and e-cigs should not be regulated in the same way as cigarettes.
A recent poll found that 1/3 of Americans think that cigarettes and vaping products are equally harmful. What this means, Miller says, is that millions of people who smoke could have switched to a much less harmful alternative product and now will not, even though it could be a life saving change.
He concluded that trying to get young people to do what you want by essentially lying to them will never work. Saying that both products are equally harmful is not borne out by the facts.
Still, politicians such as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have launched aggressive campaigns against e-cigs. The Chicago Department of Public Health started a social media campaign this month that will highlight how addictive nicotine is, regardless of how it is delivered. the CDPH also argues that vaping devices are unregulated by FDA and need to be as soon as possible.