Ryah Medtech Inc CEO Greg Wagner wants people to know that there’s more to vaping than the flavored e-cigarettes that are proving increasingly dangerous to young Americans.
In a post published Thursday titled “Vaping Has A Place In Society, In Your Medicine Cabinet,” Wagner addressed the ongoing vaping crisis and the role of regulation in the sector.
This comes less than a week after the CDC issued a warning about e-cigarettes and vaping products. As many as 450 people, including six who have died, have been affected by a vaping-related respiratory illness, according to a report from Vox.
On Wednesday, President Trump announced a plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes outright in a move to curb teenage vaping that could have a major impact on the industry.
In the statement, Wagner discussed the role of vaping in medical science and argued that the issues don’t fall at the feet of the technology itself.
“Vaping has been used for hundreds of years as a delivery system for medicine; access to this technology needs to remain available,” Wagner said. “It’s important to distinguish the ongoing benefits of dose-measuring devices and proprietary cartridges designed for precise, patient use and effective treatment versus the inferior counterfeit and black-market products out there.”
The Ryah dry herb vaporizer solves those problems, Wagner said, by allowing patients to precisely regulate dosage and temperature for each vaping session and work with their doctors to find what works best.
The company also reached out to First Lady Melania Trump, who called e-cigarettes an “on-ramp to nicotine addiction” in a Tweet on Monday.
I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth. @HHSGov— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 9, 2019
"We are encouraged to see so many public leaders tackling this health crisis, including the First Lady Melania Trump,” Wagner said. “Ryah would be happy to sit down with her to discuss the data that we have been collecting for years on vaping consumption.”
Wagner added: “It is a critical time to examine ongoing research and insights that will support patients and allow health care providers with access to data necessary to develop regulated, medicines for vaping and protect the public."
The Ryah vaporizer is capable of storing results from vaping sessions to create a picture for doctors and patients of how vaping is working for them and what tweaks — such as cannabis strain, dosage level, frequency or temperature — may need to be made.
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