When an emergency room physician named Dr. Sudip Bose posted an article on the Huffington Post website last week claiming that teen vaping can lead to a life of crime and debauchery, many in the vaping community immediately cried foul. These are the types of unsubstantiated stories that drive the vaping industry wild with anger because they are so easily believed by an American Public in search of a healthier want to quit smoking.
But Dr. Bose did not stop there. He also implied that vapers, especially teenagers who vape, are far more prone to fall victim to deadly diseases including popcorn lung, a claim that has largely been rebuked by the scientific community for several years. Teens who vape are also far more likely to smoke in the future, too, says the ER Doc desperately seeking the proverbial limelight.
Dr. Sudip Bose and his ‘vaping madness’
Dr. Bose also stated that vaping leads to the use of harsher, highly addictive, and often illegal drugs. In his mind, those who vape will ultimately become drug-addicted, chain-smoking, juvenile delinquents driven to burglary, assault, and other forms of crime to fuel their devious need for e-juice. He also falsely claims that because the nicotine in e-liquids is far more concentrated than the nicotine found in traditional tobacco cigarettes, vaping is just as deadly, if not more so, than smoking.
“While a new ‘vaper’ isn’t exposed to the other substances of tar and tobacco such as are found in a normal cigarette, he or she is getting concentrated and more potent doses of nicotine. That’s not good.”
“We know that when inhaled, diacetyl causes a type of bronchitis known as “popcorn lung” — a scarring of the tiny air sacs in the lungs resulting in the thickening and narrowing of the airways."
"The act of ‘vaping’ is often thought of as a safer alternative to smoking, but that’s not necessarily the case."
Within days of the Huffington Post rant, Dr. Michael Siegel, a pro-vaping advocate and professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, issued a scorching analysis of Dr. Bose’s implications.
“I'm sure this physician is well-intended and is just trying to protect kids from potential risks; however, I don't think we need to lie to kids or greatly exaggerate the risks. Not only is it inappropriate to lie to and mislead youth, but this strategy has been shown many times over not to work.”
Another reporter on a popular vape blog equated the Bose article to the film Reefer Madness of the 1930’s, a cult classic with an over-the-top depiction of teenage marijuana use. In this highly controversial film, teenagers are shown smoking marijuana before committing crimes of “hit and run accidents, manslaughter, attempted rape, and even suicide.”
The claims made in Reefer Madness have been disproven by the medical community for several decades. But Bose article on teen vaping is written in a very similar and ominously falsified tone.