Misperceptions about the safety of vaping are rife; the misnomer of 'EVALI' is a major contributor. There is no evidence that anyone developed EVALI from nicotine #ecigs. Rather, it was illicit THC products containing Vit E Acetate.
The cost of this misinformation is that only 11.2% of respondents to the National Cancer Institute (NCI)'s 2020 HINTS survey said that e-cigarettes are safer than combustible cigarettes - a fact acknowledged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
75 public health experts, and Iowa's Attorney General Tom Miller, wrote to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in August 2021 petitioning for the lung injury to be renamed Adulterated THC Vaping Associated Lung Injury (ATHCVALI). This name communicates far more accurately to the public what health risks exist. However, the CDC has thus far declined to correct the misnomer of 'EVALI'.
One of the 75 public health experts, Michael Pesko (health economist at Georgia State University), said to reporter Marc Gunther: "The CDC made a gross error. The CDC's miscommunication is actually killing people, in my opinion."