The FDA has finalized a new rule in May of 2016 that will force vaping products to be regulated as cigarettes are regulated — this is threatening to put a lot of people out of business, employees to lose their jobs, and smokers to lose one of the few healthy ways to quit smoking.
As we stated in our article the article below, New England is the home of much of the U.S. military and Veterans are huge vapers and proponents of vaping. General tobacco use and vaping in general is higher among veterans of the military versus the general U.S. population.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, only 32 percent of veterans have stated that they have never smoked cigarettes. Vapings devices such as pens and mods are well-known as a tool for quitting traditional tobacco products like cigarettes and chew.
The move by the FDA will force manufacturers and vendors to submit all of their products to the FDA for approval — this process can cost thousands of dollars to complete for each product. This pre-market tobacco application process will be fully implemented in 2018 and can threaten up to 99 percent of vaping products on the market.
When it comes to veterans, tobacco use is the norm, and if non-vapers don’t believe that the general population deserves to access tobacco alternatives and get away from the harmful use of cigarettes and chew, then perhaps thinking about our service members will convince them.
The FDA, media, and special interest groups stating that vaping is a public health danger are only contributing to the flood of misinformation that is allowing such regulations and taxes to affect the vaping industry on such a catastrophic level. While regulating E-Juices and other vaping products is not necessarily a bad thing, regulating them with the same rules as cigarettes and chewing tobacco is ridiculous. Even the non-tobacco products such as vaporizers, mods, non-tobacco juices, and other vaping products will be subject to regulations and taxes.
Nicotine is not what makes people so sick — it is the delivery system (aka: cigarettes) that causes cancer. Vaping decreases and in many cases, eliminates, much of the danger of consuming nicotine. It is clearly the better alternative.
And yet, not only is the FDA and other regulatory agencies killing the vaping industry, they may be killing people as a result. Our veterans, who make up a large portion of vapers, as well as the general population, often take up vaping as an alternative to smoking cigarettes in order to quit as safely as possible and to stop subjecting themselves to the dangers of cigarette smoke, chewing tobacco, and other dangerous tobacco products. Since the use of E-Cigarettes and vaping products are 95 percent safer than traditional cigarettes, the reason why the federal and state governments want to regulate it can only be due to the money they will make.
Unfortunately, if the regulations and taxation continues at the rate it is, the amount of people that will be able to afford vaping products will decrease and veterans will be in large part, affected. Many will turn back to deadly cigarettes and will likely never quit smoking. Many will have health issues and possibly get cancer and other diseases.
So, who is really benefiting from all of this? As always, the cigarette industry, special interest groups, politicians who want to be re-elected, and those trying to save face with inaccurate data and misinformation. Ignorance is more than bliss — it can pose a serious problem towards our nation’s veterans who may not be able to vape. Without this method of quitting, we can expect the Veterans Administration (VA) to continue to admit our vets for medical care in droves with health issues caused by tobacco cigarettes — the one method of killing yourself that the FDA approves of. It does keep the hospitals and insurance companies in business.