One in every five deaths every year in this country has some connection to smoking and tobacco. That is a staggering fact. Despite this absolute horror, the FDA and public policy makers have become so immune to the shock and magnitude of tobacco harm that they have moved forward with regulations to limit the options of smokers. Making it easier to smoke cigarettes than to try an ecig is total, unequivocal insanity.
The FDA has chosen to ignore the fate of 480,000 Americans each year in favor of completely theoretical concerns regarding the potential for nicotine addiction to permeate the next generation. Moreover, the theoretical concerns regarding any potential harm of vapor products has subjected ecigs to regulatory boundaries that cigarettes have never faced. Experts have determined that vaping is 95% safer than smoking and yet an entrepreneur starting out today will find a much easier path to starting a cigarette company vs an ecig company. It is insane.
The media and the special interests are flooding the headlines with negative stories about vaping. Guess what, the biggest policy lobbyist on the face of this earth, Big Pharma, hates ecigs. They want you choking down their pills to try and quit smoking, not vaping. So they manipulate studies and put out scare stories about vaping. They talk about vaping side effects that are not real. In fact, some studies show that vapers experience the same improving health benchmarks as people who quit smoking cold turkey. You never see that in a headline though do you?
Is this for real? It is and it is hard to believe. If you have any questions about the FDA ecig regulations give them a call at 1-877-287-1373. And, by all means call your member of Congress and ask them to support HR 2058 to at least make a dent in the insanity.
Okay, this was supposed to be a blog post about a story in The Hill which pointed out the idiocy of the FDA tobacco deeming regulations when it comes to vaping. So let’s get back to that. Caroline Kitchens wrote in The Hill that FDA ecig laws will harm public health and she is damned right about that. The Hill is widely read in the Beltway and one can only hope that this article crossed paths with law makers and perhaps even some disconnected FDA bureaucrats.
How About Some Common Sense?
Caroline Kitchens wrote that electronic cigarettes are a new technology and we do need to study the long term effects and implications. By all means, I think all of us in the vaping community are for long-term study and understanding. Of course we are not so willing to overlook the immediate and desperate needs of smoker’s, whose lives are on the line, at the expense of speculated hypotheticals.
Ms. Kitchens said that we need regulations with a focus on product quality and safety. That is so spot on. The FDA deeming regulations do little to nothing to address any uniform quality standards or safety issues with vaping. I doubt the FDA is even aware of the issue surrounding clones flooding the market. Why was that not addressed? Because the FDA ignored the voice of vapers. The unwashed masses without PhDs or connections in high office. The FDA says there is no evidence that vaping aids smoking cessation, in other words they doubt our personal experience and testimonials.
Kitchens brings up the costs involved in having products approved by the FDA. It can cost $1 million for a single product. This is a gift to Big Tobacco by destroying competition. Ms. Kitchens finishes her piece with a particularly prescient quote so I give her the last word.
The FDA has a choice. They can continue their illogical moral crusade against e-cigarettes, which means that many Americans will continue to suffer from nicotine addiction and repeated failed attempts at quitting. Or they can work toward a new regulatory paradigm for e-cigarettes that ensures basic standards but clears the way for innovation in the potentially life-saving industry. If the FDA doesn’t reverse course before 2018, more lives will needlessly be lost and all of us who have to bear the public-health costs of tobacco-related deaths and illnesses will suffer.