Tobacco kills 480,000 people a year in America. However, an innovative alternative delivering nicotine and eliminating 95% of the harm of smoking is available. But the Food and Drug Administration refuses to embrace this revolutionary life-saving technology in the name of the children and mount a war on vaping.
The use of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, has been around for a long time. Respected health authorities have concluded that it is much safer than smoking cigarettes after many studies. Britain’s Royal College of Physicians called the dumb war on vaping by public officials to discourage smokers from switching to vaping “unjust, irrational and immoral.”
United States War On Vaping
In the United States, a new type of e-cigarette called Juul has suddenly become popular. This has people who think they have a right to dictate what we can and cannot do with our own bodies freaking out. They want to decide how much risk we can take with our own lives. Apparently, the promise of a safer nicotine delivery to the 38 million cigarette users in this country—that’s after 2 million already quit thanks to vaping—isn’t enough.
In a ridiculous twist, in a recent City Journal article titled; “The Corruption of Public Health,” public health officials are mounting a disinformation war on vaping. It threatens to obscure the tremendous health benefits of consuming nicotine without the hundreds of toxins and dozens of carcinogens in cigarettes.
Sen Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently joined the fight and demanded that the FDA started regulating the industry now rather than in 2022. To put a full stop to the “e-cig addiction among New York teenagers.” Unfortunately, these demands have sprung the agency into action for the children.
Why should the government stop the dumb war on vaping?
As it turns out, reducing health risks is not the real goal of these agencies. The real goal seems to stop nicotine consumption. This would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. First of all, let me state the obvious: It’s a preposterous notion that a government that can’t efficiently deliver the mail or run trains on time—and is a direct cause of cancer drug shortages—can deliver a risk and nicotine-free world.
Second, we have learned the hard way that no matter what the government does and no matter how much money the government spends, people will still try to do and buy what they want. Even though it is bad for their health. The failures of the war on drugs and alcohol prohibition are prime examples. This type of paternalistic mindset can have dramatic unintended consequences.
Third, Juul has already committed $30 million to fight the underage consumption of its products. Which indicates that the company is serious about the issue. The government has a lot of practice regulating alcohol and tobacco consumption for underage buyers. If it works well enough for those two types of products, why not e-cigarettes? What’s so different? Why kill the product altogether as some are pressuring the FDA to do?
More reasons why the government should stop the dumb war on vaping!
Fourth, no one wants teens to vape. But we certainly don’t want them to smoke and die in pain later in life. As a parent, I tell my children that they shouldn’t do either. But the truth is that if they are going to do something as stupid as committing so much of their money to that sort of activity, vaping is the way to go.
The bottom line is that government alarmists should back off. The first step is for the FDA to stick to its plan to delay regulation until 2022 and create a clear path for the permanent approval of these products. It would give the vaping companies time to establish their products as the safer alternatives to cigarettes. This kind of permissionless innovation approach gave us the internet and other lifesaving growth-producing inventions. This time, it might very well deliver the biggest lifesaving opportunity we have had in some time. As long as the FDA doesn’t get in the way.
Ryan is a writer, editor and content creator who spends most of his time bringing the interesting, entertaining, original and well-written articles to vapers. He believes that vaping is not only a healthier alternative to smoking, but also a great experience of life.