First off, I’m not one of these guys who goes on about mods or ohms who blows big clouds of vapor while entering vaping competitions. What I am is a man who after 30 years of smoking was able to finally quit after discovering vaping. I tried the patch, nicotine gum, nicotine inhalers, and prescription drugs. None of them worked for me as effectively as e-cigarettes and vaping. I started off using national brand e-cigs. Those e-cigs don’t really allow you to gradually wean off of the nicotine like vaping does so I switched to vaping. In the past three years, I have not had any cigarettes, not even a cheat smoke. I could not have done that without vaping. I’m not the only person who has done this.
Apparently, the FDA had a problem with this many people quitting smoking as this past week they enacted regulations which treat vaping and e-cigarettes the same as tobacco. What does that mean exactly?
That means nearly every e-cigarette on the market — and every different flavor and nicotine level — would require a separate application for federal approval. Each application could cost $1 million or more, says Jeff Stier, an e-cigarette advocate with the National Center for Public Policy Research and industry officials.
Think of your favorite vape store and think of all the flavors they have in all the different nicotine strengths. Each flavor in each different strength would cost a juice manufacturer a million dollars apiece. Your local vape store can’t even begin to afford that. What’s going to be left is juice made by the major tobacco companies. If you’ve ever tried that juice it only comes in one nicotine strength, full strength, and they taste like gasoline and are just as smooth.
So what does the government have to say about killing what is essentially the most successful smoking cessation process?
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says, “There are many other cessation tools available.”
Only ones that aren’t as effective. The ones they are talking about, patches, gum, and pills, are the ones that are already paying money to the FDA to be on the market.
Let’s not forget about smoking either. This regulation will send too many back to smoking and whether you want to believe it or not that’s what the government wants. They say they’re concerned about people, especially ‘the children’, going from vaping to smoking but this is exactly what they want. The FDA could ban tobacco anytime they wanted. They choose not to because of all the tax money that the government gets from smoking.
So congratulations FDA, you’ve done exactly the opposite of what your organization was intended to do.