FDA to crack down on electronic cigarettes
— By Charlie Osborne on April 24, 2014, 2:41 AM PST
Why is there a picture of a lit cigarette at the top of an article about ecigs? Are you trying to say that they the same thing? Electronic cigarettes solve all the problems associated with smoking. People smoke to get nicotine. Unfortunately inhaling the smoke from a burning plant gives you a lot more than nicotine. Electronic cigarettes only give you nicotine. They have little or no smell. They do not have an open flame and do not get hot enough to start a fire. They are a healthy way to consume nicotine. I have been using ecigs for 3 years now and they literally saved my life. After over 20 years of smoking I was starting to have serious health issues. When I switched to ecigs all my health issues went away. I encourage every smoker that I encounter to try them and have bought kits for all my friends and family that smoke. Rather than restrict or ban them the government should subsidize them. They should pay for an advertising campaign to encourage smokers to switch. They could save many lives this way.
I've heard all the anti-ecig arguments. They go something like this:
1. Tobacco causes cancer and many other illnesses. The nicotine in eliquid comes from tobacco so ecigs cause cancer. FALSE. It is the tar and carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke that causes the illness, not the nicotine. Nicotine is a stimulant just like caffeine. In the doses that it is used in it is no more harmful than a cup of coffee.
2. Electronic cigarettes look like real cigarettes. Cigarettes are bad so this makes ecigs bad too. FALSE. This is just ridiculous. Many models of ecigs look like cigarettes or cigars because it is convenient for them to be shaped this way. There are a lot of different ecigs models available and while most are cylindrical it would be difficult to mistake most ecigs for real cigarettes. The earlier models were purposely designed to look like cigarettes so that current smokers would recognize them and to provide a familiar experience when used. Due to limitations of battery technology most ecigs are now considerably larger than cigarettes.
3. Eliquid comes in kid friendly flavors so they attract kids to use them. DOUBTFUL. There are lots of less expensive ways to get things that are flavored like cherries of bananas. Why would a kid buy a $100 ecig and $5 eliquid when they can just buy a $1 piece of candy. Besides, vendors already self regulate and don't sell to minors.
4. Electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking. FALSE. The entire point of ecigs is the consume nicotine in a more healthy way and in places where smoking is not allowed. No one whose first exposure to nicotine is from vaping will start smoking. Vaping is superior to smoking in every way (health, cost, freedom) that you would have to be an idiot to switch to smoking.
5. Eliquid contains trace amounts of several harmful substances thus eliquid is harmful. FALSE. Almost everything that we consume, including our air and water, have trace amounts of many harmful substances. The reason why they are not harmful is that their concentrations are so low that your body easily removes them. Eliquid is made of Propylene glycol, nicotine and flavoring. Propylene glycol is widely used in food and medicine and is regarded as safe by the FDA. Nicotine, in small doses, has no lasting effect. The flavorings are the same ones used in candy and baked goods.
I'm sure that they will come up with more excuses why they shouldn't be allowed. The truth is that a lot of people like to use nicotine. The traditional way to get nicotine had negative impacts on other people. A new method was developed that prevents this problem. It should be embraced and encouraged, not banned.
Oh this is most certainly not being controlled by the government. It is the work of big time tobacco companies like Phillip Morris and others. They most certainly don't want people to quit smoking. They have their pimps in the congress to do their dirty job.
@robert_roweGreat post, but you missed one thing.
It is funny how the same politicians , like several in Massachusetts, can label e-cigs as a 'gateway drug' to real smoking. Then use that argument to justify restrictions or outright bans on e-cigs.
Yet somehow they find the hypocrisy to support legalizing marijuana in part because they feel "there is no such thing as a gateway drug."
@Hates Idiots @robert_rowe Very good point. Politicians are full of hypocrisy. I personally favor the responsible use, by adults, of nearly all substances. People will just get their substance of choice from the black market if you make something illegal. We then have the original problem of irresponsible use and additionally an enforcing problem. Making marijuana illegal has not significantly reduced its use but it is wasting billions of law enforcement dollars. It also has a trickle down effect. Because recreational drugs are illegal the businesses that make and sell them have to protect themselves from law enforcement and competition. This means guns and violence, much of it affecting innocent bystanders. Prohibition didn't work for alcohol, it isn't working for other drugs and it won't work for ecigs. You can't have a free country and a free market and then prevent consumers from having access to the goods that they want. You can educate them. You can regulate the industry to ensure quality. You can punish irresponsible use. You can't stop them. We need to embrace the freedom that this country was founded on.
Unfortunately, we are not. We're being "fundamentally transformed" towards a socialist paradigm, where citizens will be forced to be responsible for the health and well-being of other citizens. That simply is not compatible with the kind of "free country" you speak of. How can you possibly reconcile outlawing trans-fats and "big gulps" and allowing the expansion of e-cigs and cannabis?