There is no love lost between the vaping community and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the very government organization that has repeatedly supplied the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with numerous “scientific studies” that are grossly fraudulent and totally biased against e-cigs and vaping technology. If it were not for the CDC, the new FDA deeming regulations that threaten to wipe out the entire American vaping industry by 2018 might never have been passed in the first place.
But when a recent announcement took place in Pasadena, California in the weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday depicting vapers as “stupid sheep,” the vaping community immediately called foul. The ad campaign is the property of the Pasadena Health Department, but it is funded with money from the CDC, a federal – not state – government agency.
Representatives from the Pasadena Health Department claim that the creepy and disturbing images are supposed to help battle a reported increase in vaping and e-cig use among California teens, particularly those in the Latino and African-American communities.
“Most young people who use tobacco report using flavored products. These products are deadly tools that hook young people onto a lifetime of tobacco use.”
- Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, Official from the Pasadena Health Department
Dr. Goh is yet the latest in a long-line of public health officials who are intentionally trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the American People by equating the dangers of vaping with the health risks of smoking. The advertisement shows a couple of vapers dressed in black clothing and wearing devilish sheep masks. Underneath the picture is the caption "Don't follow the herd. Vaping effects are unknown, stupid sheep."
Dr. Seigel: Ad campaign ‘gives public health a bad name.'
When well-known pro-vaping activist Dr. Michael Siegel from the Boston University School of Public Health found out about the “stupid sheep” ad campaign, he was understandably livid. As a professor of public health studies, Dr. Siegel took to his blog to admonish the Pasadena Health Department for its actions.
“There really is no place for a campaign like this in public health. We should never call people stupid. Even if people are making poor health choices, it does not mean they are stupid. And we have no business calling them stupid. This gives public health a bad name and harms our reputation…The rest of the story is that it is actually the Pasadena Health Department which is "pulling the wool" over people's eyes (if there is any sheep-like behavior going on) by equating vaping with smoking.”
Siegel also called on the Pasadena Health Department to discontinue the eerie ad campaign immediately while simultaneously issuing an apology to the entire vaping community for being so discourteous. He also suggests that Pasadena set a new precedent by publicly denouncing any government agency that calls any segment of American society stupid.