CASAA: SCW Tobacco Free Coalition spreading more 'lies about vaping'

When the city council of Baraboo, Wisconsin, held a meeting recently to debate the possibilities of banning public vaping, some members were questioning the validity of news reports claiming that both vaping and smoking increase the health risks of acquiring COVID-19.  However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already debunked this “vaping causes coronavirus” conspiracy theory – at least as it pertains to e-cigs.  In an email conversation with journalists at  Bloomberg News published in April, FDA officials released to following comment.

"E-cigarette use can expose the lungs to toxic chemicals, but whether those exposures increase the risk of COVID-19 is not known," FDA spokeswoman Alison Hunt said. “Cigarette smoking causes heart and lung diseases, suppresses the immune system, and increases the risk of respiratory infections…People who smoke cigarettes may be at increased risk from Covid-19 and may have worse outcomes from Covid-19.”

Understandably, some Baraboo city council members were still confused about the contradictory opinions of the FDA and the mainstream media.  Then, a spokesperson for the South-Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition took the podium.  Ms. Tara Noye immediately began citing even more anti-vaping disinformation – and in some cases outright lies –that would ultimately solidify the council members decision to ban public vaping with a unanimous vote. 

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At one point during her orations, Noye falsely claimed that there is a “misconception” that vaping is less harmful than smoking.  “We know subconsciously that when youths see products more in public, it tells their brain that it’s a safer product to use,” Noye stated via The Baraboo News Republic.  “E-cigarettes are not safer for youth and second-hand exposure for aerosol is not the clean air we fought hard for in Wisconsin and won 10 years ago.”  She would later add, “We do know that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless.”

CASAA accuses Tara Noye of stating ‘lies about vaping’

Of course, Noye’s statements are misleading at best.  The scientific community as well as the FDA have already determined that vaping is comparatively less dangerous than smoking.  The FDA-equivalent agencies in the United Kingdom – Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians -  published research in August of 2016 stating that vaping is approximately 95 percent less harmful than combustible tobacco cigarettes. 

When the pro-vaping advocacy group Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) heard of Ms. Noye’s outlandish statements, representatives felt obligated to respond in their June 29 news update. 

“Tara Noye, South Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition Coordinator, LIES about vaping. It’s NOT a ‘misconception,’ that vaping is safer than smoking, it’s the TRUTH!
“Noye advocated for treating vaping products and cigarettes equally under the law to prevent a misconception that electronic smoking devices are less harmful than their actual-tobacco equivalent.  #QuitLying”

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