Democrats Love to Regulate Behavior — The Latest Attack Involves E-Cigarettes

Democrats are all about “saving” individuals from themselves when it comes to dangerous products.  Several united States cities have implemented a soda tax that assesses additional tax on carbonated sugar-sweetened beverages including those that use artificial sweetener.  The idea behind this tax is to “lessen obesity” and decrease the cost of medical treatment of conditions related to being obese.  Yet, no tax is assessed on candy, cakes, and other sugar sweetened products — only soda.

For quite sometime now, Democrats have had their eyes on the vaping or E-cigarette industry on the pretext that these products are marketed to children, luring them into smoking cigarettes.  Despite numerous research projects and physician endorsement of E-cigarettes to aid in cigarette smoking cessation, as well as testimony from former smokers, New Jersey Democrats have set their eye on banning all flavored vaping products, except for tobacco, menthol and clove flavored products.

According to The Daily Caller:

The state Assembly’s health committee approved the legislation Monday, but it will still need to pass through both houses of the state legislature before becoming law. The law would only allow for tobacco, menthol and clove flavors to be sold for vaping products. Democratic Assemblyman Herb Conaway, a co-sponsor on the bill, claims vaping companies deliberately sell flavors that appeal to kids in order to hook them on nicotine early. Critics are ripping into Conaway for what they argue is an attempt to crush the vaping industry in the state, reports NJ.com.

The legal purchasing age for e-cigarettes and tobacco products in New Jersey is 19, but officials fear kids will get their hands on the products anyway. They also fear e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, despite research to the contrary.

A senior fellow of the R Street Institute, Dr. Edward Anslem, told The Daily Caller, “There is no evidence that the availability of some flavors prompt children to try e-cigarettes.  Those who are curious about nicotine will try it.  E-cigarettes are certainly safer than combusted cigarettes.”

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), “alcohol is the drug of choice among youth.”  Yet, lawmakers in New Jersey are worried about children accessing vaping products.  The NIAA reports that 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die each year as a result of underage drinking with 1,900 deaths occurring as a result of motor vehicle accidents.  However, lawmakers in New Jersey target the e-cigarette industry claiming it deliberately creates flavors that appeal to children to “hook them on nicotine early.”  It seems a better use of their legislative time would be spent on the alcohol industry since it contributes to the deaths of young people under the age of 21.

But, the actions of Democrats are not about keeping anyone safe, improving the health of citizens, or concern over children.  As is always the case, follow the money.  It’s no secret that Big Tobacco has been harmed by the vaping and e-cigarette industry as individual smokers have an alternative to Big Pharma for aid in ceasing use of tobacco products.  Moreover, vaping and e-cigarette products are more cost effective for those who use tobacco products who want a cheaper alternative to cigarettes.  Lawmakers cannot come out and say they are protecting the Big Tobacco and Big Pharma industries;  so, they use an emotional issue — the vaping industry creating flavors that appeal to children to get them to use the product — to generate support for a legislative “crack-down” on the vaping and e-cigarette industry while ignoring Big Tobacco and Big Pharma as well as the alcohol industry.

The Daily Caller continues:

Critics of the proposed ban note the flavors are very popular with adults and offer smokers a viable way to reduce health risks to themselves and those around them. Major health groups in England, like the Royal College of Physicians, agree that using e-cigarettes eliminates most of the harms attributed to smoking. They also recommend vaping to patients trying to quit traditional tobacco products.

Vaping eliminates up to 95 percent of the risk associated with cigarettes because the majority of cancer-causing chemicals are inhaled through smoke.

“Many adults seem to like kids flavor,” Anselm told TheDCNF. “Studies of regular vapers show that they change flavor several times a day because vaping requires more puffs than smoking. Vaping delivers less nicotine and thus requires more puffs.”

The federal Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health  indicates that cigarette smoking among adolescents has been decreasing for the last 15 years.

Cigarette smoking among adolescents has declined dramatically in the last 15 years. Today, most adolescents do not smoke, but about one in 10 has smoked within the past month and the use of smokeless tobacco increased between 2008 and 2010, but has declined steadily since 2010.[1] Tobacco use harms nearly every organ in the body,[6] and more than five million children under 18 will die prematurely of smoking-related illnesses.[7] Multiple factors influence whether an adolescent becomes a regular smoker, including genetics and having parents or peers who smoke.[8-10] Many adolescents start trying tobacco products at a young age, so prevention efforts in schools, in communities, and in homes, can help and should begin early.

The federal government’s website indicates that adolescents are decreasing the use of cigarettes and does not indicate they are instead using vaping products or e-cigarettes in place of tobacco.

In December, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report condemning vaping as unhealthy and posing a risk to adolescents.  In response, localities across the republic have implemented and are implementing regulations that treat vaping and e-cigarette use the same as tobacco cigarettes.  Some areas have assessed a hefty 40 percent tax on the vaping/e-cigarette industry.

According to The Daily Caller, “Researchers from University College London, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all participated in a landmark study refuting assertions from the surgeon general and CDC claiming vaping is harmful to health and a potential gateway to smoking addiction.”  The study, released in February and featured in the Annals of Internal Medicine, indicated “a large reduction in the levels of toxic chemicals and carcinogens linked to smoking-related illnesses in those who switched to vaping devices for at least six months.”

Physicians, despite all this rhetoric from lawmakers, the CDC, and the surgeon general against vaping, are urging their cigarette smoking patients to give vaping devices a try.  In fact, 57.8 percent of physicians have recommended vaping and e-cigarette devices to their smoking patients in order to quit as reported last year by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

As someone who used the gum, patches and pharmaceutical medications to cease smoking, these measures did not result in any long term cessation.  The longest period of smoking cessation with these products was 2 years.  However, upon discovering the e-cigarette and vaping industry,  it has been five years since using tobacco cigarettes.  The failure of the other methods was attributed to a lack of satisfying the oral fixation of cigarette smoking as well as giving the hands something to do when idle.  It only took one day for the combustible cigarettes to be discarded.  Now, nothing could entice a return to tobacco products.

An individual who commented on the article at The Daily Caller wrote, “The truth- Vaping is costing Governments, Big Pharma, Big tobacco and NGO’s millions of dollars. People are quitting on their own, outside the control of Government,Pharma, Tobacco and help/quit Organizations.”  And, here in lies the true issue — money and independence.  Individuals are able to cease smoking on their own and spend less money using vaping products than cigarettes and bypassing Big Pharma.  It has nothing to do with children or youth being tempted by vaping flavors.  The drug of choice among youth is alcohol;  yet, lawmakers are not out to hamper that industry.

Just as the bogus soda tax to combat obesity while ignoring actual sugar, cakes, cookies and other confections, this attack on the vaping industry is bogus in order to keep Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, and other organizations who depend on cigarette smokers to access their products and services making money.  Even pipe and cigar smokers have turned to vaping and the e-cigarette industry to wean themselves from tobacco.  Moreover, this is a liberal Democrat tactic to micromanage the lives of Americans and exert control over the population through legislation.  Being that liberal Democrats are supporters of eugenics, keeping the cigarette smoking population on tobacco products shortens lives through the use of the carcinogenic products.

 

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About Suzanne Hamner

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3 Responses to Democrats Love to Regulate Behavior — The Latest Attack Involves E-Cigarettes

  1. I believe it’s the big tobacco companies that are coming down on the vaping industries for taking away business from them. That’s why there’s tax increases on vaping products. And I agree with you and your studies that vaping does not lead to tobacco use. Vaping is a healthier alternative to cigarettes anyway. And yes they should be putting more money and time into alcohol taxes and safety amongst youth. I would greatly appreciate it if you would follow me or check out my blog on vaping. Either way thank you for your inspirational writings. -bel

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    • Thank you so much for your comment. I am an avid supporter of the vaping industry and its benefits to help tobacco users ditch the tobacco. And, yes I think big tobacco is the main culprit but big pharma plays some role in there as well since the FDA is getting its hand into the industry. Thank you also for informing me about your vaping blog. Will be sure and check it out to follow.

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