3 Things Vapers Should Know Before Elections

With election season coming up soon and the FDA (and its allies) continuing to put pressure on vapers, there’s more and more to think about in the world of electronic cigarettes. Here are a few recent noteworthy items:

1 – Tobacco CEOs are pushing the FDA to Adopt E-Cig Rules Faster

According to a recent Bloomberg report, the CEOs of Reynolds American and Lorillard are trying to pressure the FDA to speed up its process by “saying the lack of clear rules makes it harder for smokers to switch to the less-hazardous products.”

Now, broadly speaking, this may well be true. Many of the recent posts here at the Express Blog (and, of course, the common sense of anybody who vapes) have shown how much less hazardous e-cigs are than regular cigarettes. The implications of this pressure, however, are huge. In the E-Cig market, Tobacco companies are largely in the business of selling cig-alike products, which both are more expensive and less effective than personal vaporizers at helping smokers reduce or cease smoking traditional cigarettes. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, but it seems like this pressure may well be more about closing off the market than about protecting consumer health.

2 – The FDA Jeopardizes Public Health

Speaking of consumer health, Michael L. Marlow’s recent article in Regulation, “Regulating a Less Unhealthy Cigarette,” stands out on exposing this very basic fact. Beginning with the well-known fact that the FDA does not approve of harm reduction strategies, Marlow suggests that “placing highest priority on reducing risks from combustible tobacco products is a reasonable strategy that the FDA should at least discuss” because “such a model is in line with estimates that up to 98 percent of tobacco-related deaths are attributable to combustible products such as cigarettes, pipes, and cigars.”

Based on the FDA’s admitted awareness of the impact its proposal will have on tobacco use, Marlow rightly observes that the FDA proposal fails to make a compelling case for restricting e-cigs. Worse yet, Marlow observes that the FDA avoided emphasizing the negative consequences to public health that would be the result of their proposal.

3 – Think Before Applying Warning Labels

The American Vaping Association has just responded to a call by Senate Democrats to label e-cigs. According to the AVA, “hastily designed warnings could lead tobacco users to believe that e-cigarettes have similar risk profiles as combustible cigarettes,” which they don’t.

Why, then, are we seeing so many attempts to restrict vaping before the FDA’s proposed regulations get resolved? As more and more studies are published that demonstrate the effectiveness of e-cigs, the chances are that policymakers are more likely to be acting based on ideology than on reason.

This year, when election time comes, show your representatives how much vaping matters to you, and tell them what it has done for your health. Let’s make this issue important, because your health is important.

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