The American Lung Association is in cahoots with Big Pharma in an attempt to ban vape pens and drive up the sales of failing cessation drugs. At least that is the consensus of the Minnesota Vapers Advocacy, who recently reported the anti-smoking organization has been pressing the flesh on behalf of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in America -- Pfizer -- in exchange for millions of dollars.
According to the report, while the vape pen accomplishes exactly what the American Lung Association has been trying to do for ages -- get people to stop smoking -- the 100-year-old health organization has sold out their overall mission statement to wallow in deep pockets.
In fact, Pfizer’s 2013 fourth quarter “US Medical, Scientific, Patient and Civic Organization Funding Report” indicates the pharmaceutical company gave the American Lung Association over a million dollars to finance smoking cessation programs, and ultimately promote Chantix and the Nicotrol Inhaler, which is essentially the same concept as the e-cigarette. Yet, regardless of the apparent hypocrisy, the ALA continues to advocate against vaping.
The American Lung Association is “very concerned about the potential safety and health consequences of electronic cigarettes, as well as claims that they can be used to help smokers quit,” according to a policy statement released earlier this week. "The makers of e-cigarettes say that the ingredients are safe, but inhaling a substance is not the same as swallowing it. There are questions about how safe it is to inhale some substances in the e-cigarette vapor into the lungs.”
“I truly believe that this brings into question the American Lung Association’s morals and ethics. For them to turn their backs on a product that is saving peoples lives, simply because they’re receiving checks for $900,000 from a huge drug company, is disgusting,” reads the article on the Minnesota Vapers Advocacy website.
“They question the safety of electronic cigarettes, yet urge people to take a cessation drug that has a side effect of, well, death. Really?” the article continues, citing 500 suicides as the result of consumers taking Chantix.
Interestingly, Charles D. Connor, former president and CEO of the American Lung Association, says that while the group’s current administration may view e-cigarettes as doing more harm than good, he knows the truth: vaping is much safer than smoking regular cigarettes.
Earlier this week, executive director of the American Council on Science and Health, Dr. Gilbert Ross criticized recent comments by the ALA, questioning the safety of vape pens. He says vape pens are a safe and effective method to stop smoking.
In the case of the marijuana user searching for an alternative to inhaling harsh smoke, vaporizers certainly appear to be a less toxic and effective method for getting stoned.