Tag Archive: regulation

Why the States’ bad deals with tobacco are bad for vaping

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Recently ProPublica published an extensive article about their investigations into the U.S. states and how they’ve used the money from tobacco settlements. Turns out, not so good. Too many states entered “it’s my money and I want it now” type deals with Wall Street think that the tobacco money would be as steady source of capital.

While I wouldn’t be foolish enough to say that this is the main reason why so many states are eager to regulate vaping and e-cigarettes I would definitely say that it is a major contributing factor. Since they bled the tobacco well dry they’re going to follow its old users and try to collect the money from their new, albeit less addictive, hobby.

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?

Another vaping ban based on ignorance

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Vaping lounges are basically coffees shops for vapers. You can go there and hang out, talk with other vapers, maybe enjoy a new flavor of e-juice, etc. You would think that people would be happy that so many people are quitting smoking that lounges are being established to encourage that kind of behavior. In Signal Hill, California not so much.

If the mayor and city council get their way all vaping lounges will be banned within their city limits. I don’t know how big Signal Hill is or if there are already any vaping lounges there. What I do care about is the idiocy in which this ban is moving forward. Let’s hear from His Honor…

Signal Hill Mayor Ed Wilson, who declared he doesn’t smoke, said his main concern with e-cigarettes is the potential for use among underage children, particularly since there are currently no federal age restrictions.
“The increase in kids doing it has been astronomical,” he said. “And the problem is we don’t know if nicotine is in [the liquid]… and nicotine is addicting. Every time I see someone who has one, they can never ever put it down. And they hold it. They walk around with it. It’s in their hand all day long.”

With all due respect Mr. Mayor, you sound like a moron. Are kids trying this any more than smoking? Somehow I doubt it since any vape store or lounge I’ve ever been in does not permit minors to be in their establishments. I wonder who told you otherwise. Was it some staffer or some talking head you saw on TV? Yes, there is nicotine in most e-juices. It’s what allows us ex-smokers to transition from smoking to the less dangerous vaping and it also allows us to decrease our nicotine intake to zero if we so desire, something that cigarettes don’t allow us to do. Lastly so what if someone has one in their hand all day? I don’t vape like that but that’s up to the individual but anytime they have a mod or e-cig in their hand is time that they are not smoking.

Politicians may just be the dumbest people of the face of the planet.

Missouri Governor vetoes bill that would classify e-cigs as non-tobacco

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I briefly talked about the Missouri bill on vaping and e-cigs here. At that time I thought it was just another bill that would ban sales to minors. However the bill also contained a clause that would classify e-cigs and vaping as non-tobacco products. Because of that clause Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill.

Again, you would think that public officials that are always saying how concerned they are with the public’s health would welcome an effective alternative to smoking that doesn’t carry the multitude of health risks that smoking does. As I’ve said time and time again this is all about money. It’s about the taxes that state governments place on tobacco that must pay a lot of salaries.

Remember kids, a politician’s only real job is to get re-elected.

Oregon Senator thinks e-cigs will hook children on tobacco

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) The D stands for Dumbass.

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) The D stands for Dumbass.

If you live in Oregon and you voted Senator Jeff Merkley into office, please allow me to say thanks for nothing.

I’ve posted about Merkley before when he was fighting against vaping flavors for the children. Well, he’s back in the news with possibly the most ignorant statement I’ve ever heard about vaping and e-cigs…

“All of these are designed to addict children to tobacco,” he said after a meeting at the Multnomah County Building. “What the cigarette companies know is that adults don’t start using tobacco. Ninety-plus percent of tobacco users as adults began as teenagers.”

Are you for real? While I agree that most people who smoke started as kids where does he get off saying that e-cigs are designed to get kids hooked on tobacco? As far as I know only one tobacco company in the U.S. makes an e-cig. They’re not designed to get kids hooked on smoking. They’re designed mostly as an alternative to smoking with the added benefit of helping people to quit. I can’t see how e-cigs and vaping could possibly convince someone to smoke considering all the drawbacks associated with smoking. Not just the health concerns but the social stigmas as well. If I were to actually smoke a cigarette today I would choke and cough like there’s no tomorrow. Similarly to what I did when I first inhaled tobacco smoke. If any underage kid actually used an e-cig and then tried a cigarette and then switched to smoking I’d me amazed.

I would lay odds that Senator Merkley has probably never smoked a cigarette in his life although he does set a great example of how politicians in this country have become completely out of touch with its citizens.

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.