The FDA, Vaping, and YOU

With the deadline for FDA comments coming up this Friday, August 8th, now is a good time to gather your thoughts before you submit your comments to the public consultation part of the process. If you’ve been reading the whole time, this post is essentially a round-up of previous FDA Friday posts discussing the issue. If you haven’t, then this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the extent and stakes of the discussion.

As we have already noted in our statement about the absurdity of the FDA’s proposal to deem electronic cigarettes to be “tobacco products,” the FDA’s conscious dismissal of science and research and its overeager move towards restrictions on vapers does incalculable harm to public health.

Sadly, it seems a number of policymakers have subscribed to the unsubstantiated and irrational opinion that electronic cigarettes are dangerous. They aren’t. Indeed, Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA, does not seem to understand the meaning of the word “new.”

The big issue at stake in this debate is tobacco harm reduction. Although it would be great if the whole world quit smoking all at once, such a result cannot happen quickly or cheaply. Electronic cigarettes have been proven to be the most effective means of getting smokers to quit, and the benefits of healthier people are incalculable. Part of the problem is that there are many health professionals who would prefer to lie to the public in order to prevent smokers from quitting.

Thankfully, World Health Officials have since come out in favor (at least temporarily) of vaping as a means of tobacco harm reduction, as have a number of public persons in Canada. This is all true. Slightly more surprising was the news that large tobacco manufacturers are now aggressively chasing after the vaping market, and also the news that the White House somehow kept the FDA’s proposal from being even more insane.

Health officials who release statements against vaping are probably lying. If they aren’t, they are undoubtedly misrepresenting something. The same hold true with elected officials. Everybody knows there is big money in the nicotine industry, but the smart money rests with vaping as the way of the future. Electronic cigarettes help people to quit smoking, and that’s all you need to know.

Please review CASAA’s call to action on the final FDA comments process and submit your comment as soon as you can. It might be the only way you can help protect your health. And theirs.

 

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