It was nice while it lasted: The FDA just killed vaping

It was nice while it lasted: The FDA just killed vaping

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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.

The FDA hates asthmatics

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For years if not decades if an asthmatic needed emergency relief they could use the over the counter inhaler Primatene Mist. Four years ago the FDA forced Primatene Mist off the market for the harm its CFC propellant was causing harm the ozone even though by environmentalist standards the actual damage was infinitesimal.

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Then came along Asthmanefrin. While its atomizer was a piece of junk that constantly broke down it was at least an option of relief for asthmatics. That was until recently. Today I was having asthma issues and went to several pharmacies looking for the EZ Breathe Atomizer. All the stores I went to had the refills but not the atomizer. There wasn’t even a place on the shelves for it.

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I went to the Asthmanefrin website and all they had listed on there was the box of refills and no atomizer. How is anyone supposed to use the medication without the atomizer? Not to mention that there has been no mention about any kind of any discontinuation or recent recall anywhere.

I went to various asthma related websites and forums and all that anybody knew were vague rumors that the FDA had the atomizer quietly pulled off the market leaving asthmatics with no over the counter relief options. While I can not verify that it does make a lot of sense.

Prescription inhalers are very expensive and the pharmaceutical companies know that they have asthmatics over a barrel. We need to pay their exorbitant prices or else we won’t be able to, you know, breathe. So they can’t have any OTC alternatives, that in my opinion are more effective, cutting into their market share and the pharmaceutical cabal can have a strong lobbying presence influencing policy at the expense of suffering patients.

Meanwhile I’m still having trouble breathing.

Government backed study shows benefits of vaping but does it matter?

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In a study that was partially funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers have said that the benefits of vaping outweigh the risks.

“Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes and are considered a step toward ending all tobacco and nicotine use,” said study researcher Thomas Eissenberg, co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

But does any of this matter? Does the issue of vaping and e-cigs have more to do with money than the health of our country? As I’ve said before I feel that if more smokers switch to vaping or e-cigs rather than continue to use tobacco a lot of organizations that claim to be for the public good will see decreased funding. Not only that but the government will see decreased revenues since tobacco is taxed so heavily.

I feel that we are fighting a losing battle. FDA regulation is inevitable based on money alone. The only question now is how restrictive will that regulation be?

Don't buy your e-juice at flea markets

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The preceding video is from WKMG Channel 6 in Orlando, Florida. It’s actually a very good segment they did on vaping. However this is the headline they lead with on their website…

Counterfeit FDA seal on E-cigarette ‘juice’

Towards the end of the video they talk about FDA regulation and they show e-juice that was purchased at a flea market bearing the FDA logo on it as to indicate FDA approval. Now, I love some flea markets, I spent a lot of time at the Berlin Farmers Market in New Jersey and got a great deal on one of my infamous trench coats there. Flea markets can be great for deals but they can also be a haven for knock offs.

These false labels are not a common occurrence among vaping vendors. As much as you can get a great deal at a flea market some things are worth paying the extra money for.

FDA admits that vaping is less harmful than smoking

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First I want to apologize to both of my readers for being away so long. I promised myself that with this blog I wouldn’t let it lapse into inactivity. Unfortunately a certain search engine company had other ideas. It seems that my first ever owned domain name is still in their version of the penalty box for some reason. So for exposure purposes I registered the new domain name of trenchreynolds.com. However since money is tight around Stately Reynolds Manor I had to wait a little bit before I could register the domain. Hint, hint.

Anyway this is a grat time to come back because recently while testifying before Congress the Food and Drug Administration admitted that vaping and e-cigs are a much less harmful alternative to smoking. However, and not surprisingly that’s not going to get them to stop regulating them.

“If we could get all of those people [who smoke] to completely switch all of their cigarettes to noncombustible cigarettes, it would be good for public health,” Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products said at a hearing that could help determine the fate of e-cigarettes in the United States.

The FDA official told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions that it has “far more questions than answers” when it comes to the effects of e-cigs on the people who use them, but that its current existence outside the FDA’s regulatory authority is unacceptable.

“We don’t need to have the answers to those questions to have regulatory authority,” Zeller said.

That last line sounds just a little Orwellian but when doesn’t a government official sound like that?

As I’ve said before though, the proposed FDA regulations on vaping are nothing to freak out about yet. Right now you have more to worry about from your state and local government than you do the feds.

Why vapers shouldn't freak out about the new FDA rules…yet

Why vapers shouldn't freak out about the new FDA rules...yet

Yesterday the US Food and Drug Administration released their new rules regarding e-cigs and vaping and it’s not a lot to worry about yet.

Here are the new rules in a nutshell…

  • A ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
  • A prohibition on distributing free samples.
  • A ban on selling e-cigarettes in vending machines unless they are in places that never admit young people.
  • A requirement that e-cigarettes carry warnings that they contain nicotine, which is addictive.
  • E-cigarette manufacturers would be required to disclose the ingredients in their products.

Personally, I don’t have an issue with any of these rules as a consumer except maybe the free samples. I’d like to see some clarification on that. Do they mean no free disposable e-cigs or would that include no more sampling e-juice at the vape store?

The FDA decided not to rule on flavors or advertising at this time even though the anti-vaping crowd wishes that they did. As an aside the NPR article surprisingly did not mention cotton candy or bubble gum instead they just mentioned ‘fruit flavors’. I also felt the article itself was very impartial. The advertising I don’t really have a problem with either. I found vaping through word of mouth mostly. My son recommended e-cigs to me then a friend of mine recommended vaping. I think the fear over the flavors and the advertising is misguided. Neither of those things are marketing towards children no matter how many if the busybodies say so and no one is taking up smoking after vaping. If they are they’re stupid.

This is not to say that we shouldn’t be wary of what the FDA will want to rule on in the future. The last thing that vaping needs is to be taxed like cigarettes are. In theory since vaping doesn’t have the same impact on healthcare that smoking does that it wouldn’t be taxed as much. However, if more people start vaping rather than smoking the government may miss that particular cash cow and will look for something else to tax heavily. Let’s hope it won’t be our favorite little hobby.

FDA probes allergy drug's suicide link

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Now I’m sure some asthma sufferers are going to get all huffy and puffy over this. Pun intended by the way. But I’ve been on Singulair for years. As a matter of fact I even quit smoking while on Singulair and I have not had any suicidal thoughts.

I realize that this is anecdotal evidence from only one person but I’ll start listening to what the FDA says about drugs when they take actually dangerous drugs like Accutane and Ambien off the market.