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The Truth Behind the FDA's Plan to Kill Vaping

Jordan Premonics | September 15 2018

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The Truth Behind the FDA's Plan to Kill Vaping

In reference to FDA Poised to Ban E-Liquid Flavors Nationwide; Claims Underage Vaping is an "Epidemic"

Why is it that we’re seeing this increase in regulation on electronic cigarettes right now? What are the driving factors behind the FDA’s announcement on Wednesday? The FDA is, by all intents and purposes, a governmental body designed to regulate products which could have a negative impact on the consumers health.

If the FDA’s number one concern is truly to increase consumer awareness and have a positive impact on the health of the American populous why are they trying to dismantle the vaping industry? I’ve written several articles detailing the scientific studies being done on the impacts of vaping across the world by health organizations and the data is always the same. The use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery systems is shown time and time again to have a measurable impact on smokers who want to quit using traditional tobacco cigarettes.

It certainly worked for me when no other cessation method would. I smoked cigarettes from the time I was 16 until my brother introduced me to vape devices when I was 23. It took me a few years to make the switch but I smoked my last pack of cigarettes when I was 25 and I haven’t looked back since. I quit cigarettes because of one thing and one thing only, the use of a vaping device was cheaper, more practical, and it tasted so much better than traditional tobacco.

If you ask me, this whole charade by the FDA to kill vaping all ties back to Big Tobacco. You see, in the past few years there’s been a drastic change to the electronic cigarette market in America. Before 2015 the electronic cigarette market was dominated by three companies. Blu, MarkTen, and Vuse, all of which are owned by Big Tobacco corporations. The FDA was perfectly fine with allowing these companies to roam almost regulation free for years. According to opensecrets.org the Reynolds American Tobacco Company has spent over 9.85 million dollars in the last four years lobbying the FDA, 1.2 million of that coming in the past year alone.

But in 2015 something changed, the JUUL device was born and swept the nation in one of the most successful product launches in history. In 2017 JUUL pulled in an estimated revenue of $245 million and they’re projected to make $940 million in 2018. Now Big Tobacco had something to worry about from Electronic Cigarettes. Those three e-cigarette companies that were owned by Big Tobacco no longer held the market share of Electronic Nicotine Delivery systems, they had lost it all to JUUL in the span of just a few months.

All of the sudden, almost too coincidentally, the FDA has stepped up its efforts to fight vaping nationwide. What was once announced as a 6 year period of time for e-cigarette companies to implement plans to curb underage usage has now turned into a 60 day deadline. From 6 years down to just 60 days, let that sink in for a moment. 

Why the rush now? Why target JUUL specifically instead of those companies owned by Big Tobacco groups? It all boils down to one thing, and anyone with a modicum of intelligence can see the truth. Big Tobacco has realized that their stranglehold on the health of the American public is at an end and they're lobbying the FDA to make changes. People no longer need to rely on cigarettes to satisfy their addiction when they have healthier vaping alternatives. And that scares the people whose profits rely on Americans getting cancer.           

16 comments

  • Amethyst: September 19, 2018

    As an ex-smoker I am fed up with the many attempts big pharma and the fda continue to make against vaping. They have no problem selling cigarettes that are known to kill, cause cancer and many many other health and medical issues but want to eliminate the one and only thing that freed me from the stinky sticks which is vaping. I had tried every other quit smoking product out there from the gum to the patches to the pills and everything in between and could not quit. Smoking had cause me chronic bronchitis, copd, asthma and so many other medical issues. Since I quit smoking I have not have bronchitis one time, I do not need to use my inhalers unless it’s cold out because the cold just takes my breath away. I can run, jog and walk for as long as I want now. I can run around and play with my kids and now grandkids, I don’t stink anymore amd my tastebuds have come alive. So how can anyone including big pharma, the fda or anyone say those are bad things. Vaping saved my life LITERALLY and all I have ever vaped is fruity, dessert, sweet, candy flavors!!!!!

  • JohnMan: September 18, 2018

    It’s simple. We have let government get so big we now serve them. They are in every part of our life. And they demand their Money. They have taxed tobacco almost to death and now they are after your ejuice. FDA wants to TAX ejuice just like tobacco and that is the direction they are going.. Period Don’t be fooled by the misdirection. They want more money.

  • Paul Norman: September 18, 2018

    So… will tobacco companies have to stop producing “menthol” cigarettes, Black and Milds, etc…? I see a smoking gun that highlights a certain “relationship” between Big Tobacco lobbying, the FDA & the efforts to ban flavored e-liquid: With all the money Big Tobacco spends to get their products in the hands of consumers, why have they not introduced a variety of “flavored” cigarettes? Because it would undermine their efforts in conjunction with the FDA to crush the only real competition they have ever faced.
    I do however see a fairly feasible “work-around” to the proposed ban on flavored e-liquids. Companies like eightvape can sell bottles of unflavored pg/vg base in different nicotine strengths & also sell brand name “flavor concentrates” (not vapable by themselves) with a warning lable “not intended to be used in vaping devices” (wink, wink, nod, nod). Or better yet, classify the flavor-concentrates as “health supplements”, an industry the FDA allows to operate completely free of any regulations. The customer will have to mix the two products (a minor hassle) thus removing the liability from the manufacturers & sellers. Customers may lose the ability to buy pre-steeped e-liquid but hopefully it would not be a death sentence to the flavored e-liquid industry as a whole. I’m not suggesting the above solution is ideal by any means, just posing an idea to ponder should a flavored e-liquid ban come into effect.

  • John: September 17, 2018

    The biggest winner in our vaping industry is China!

  • Curt: September 17, 2018

    Protecting big tobacco is a smokescreen. True that the tobacco industry is a major cash supplier of the government and FDA, but the real cash cow is the pharmaceutical companies. Tobacco is the number one traded commodity on the planet. They don’t need the US to have smokers when there are still 2 1/2 billion smokers world wide. The biggest loser from the success of the vape industry is big pharma, who stand to lose literally hundreds of billions of dollars from the lost sales of medications to treat smoking related illnesses. It’s easy to blame the tobacco industry for the negative moves from the FDA against vaping. But I really don’t think that’s the real story here. It’s a smokescreen to keep vaping and cigarettes in parallel in peoples perception. Protecting big pharma is the goal.

  • Shawn Poole: September 17, 2018

    I too was a two pack a day smoker for 20 something years. I tried everything to quit. nothing worked. I hated it. The smell. Burns in all sorts of things I own. I would smoke half and put it out because it would make me sick, but I needed the nick. But I was also getting over 3000 chemical additives in that cig. Why do they need all that crap? When I quit smoking. The 1 st year, stuff seep out of my skin all over, my Back, face, etc… It’s pretty disgusting if you think about it. After two weeks of not smoking and just vaping. I felt great. I still do. I love the flavor over cigs. My sense of smell has come back. I don’t hack up a lung every ten min. and my bank account is doing much better now I don’t spend ten bucks a day to kill my self. Plus I don’t stink…
    Indoors. You don’t have to go outside in the heat or cold. Your car will smell better. Your dog will be happy that they don’t have to breathe in that crap. So the FDA is pulling a fast one on the public. Just because the cash cow is drying up, you can’t move the goal post.
    Cheating is no way to get something done. Filling the heads of people with lies about vaping. Shame on you FDA! SHAME ON YOU! 4 years without a smoke. It is because of vape products and good people that sell them! Find someone else to get your billions. Because most of us just have hundreds… I love not being a smoker! LOVE IT!

  • Dreamer Mechmod: September 17, 2018

    I smoked for 30 years.I started when I was 14 years old. I chewed snuff for 33 years. I started when I was 11 years old. To prove the point that kids will get the adult items that they want, I was able to go buy snuff and smokes when I was 11 and 14 years old, sure that was many years ago and times have changed,but everybody has friends and connections to get them things no matter what it is. I had no problem getting beer and liquor when I was that age also. Kids will be kids, parents can’t hold their hand and follow them around all their life. I started vaping about 10 months ago and the day I started I quit chewing and smoking and have not gone back to it. Because of vaping instead of smoking, I feel better, I don’t have the annoying nasty cough, and I am much more active. The FDA obviously has their hand in someones pocket to be pulling this nonsense. I feel just by my own experience that vaping is a better alternative to smoking, I can’t stop laughing at the thot that the FDA is is doing this cause they are concerned about people’s health, that’s the last thing on their mind

  • Jerry: September 17, 2018

    How is it I been smoking for 32 years and was influenced by these companies to smoke and use their product, Now I have quit and went to vaping they want to say I can’t , I should be compensated for the years that it wasn’t frowned upon and instead being influenced by billboards, posters, stars etc… Instead of paying out millions of dollars to stop vaping I think they should pay me for my conditions and pain that I have endured over the years when it wasn’t a bad thing to smoke .

  • Ryan Cox: September 17, 2018

    People are saying they can’t be after just Juul because the bid tobacco companies own the other pod systems is the most gullible people alive. What happens when people using pod systems to quit smoking can’t gain access to them? THEY GO BACK TO SMOKING! why would big tobacco care at all cigarettes are their cash cow along with all the taxes involved.The FDA probably lost a big chunk of it’s budget because of the millions of dollars in blood money taxes. Literally cigarettes are The #1 most preventable cause of health problems. Good job FDA keeping Americans safe.

  • Chris Monroy: September 17, 2018

    Tin foil hat much? It’s true, the government is crooked, but not everything is out to “get you”. So what if the FDA bans flavors. Guess who benefits? Nobody. The people who vape are still going to vape, the companies will just sell plain VG/PG mix with flavoring packaged with it. They might even get cheaper because now we will have to mix our on juice. The FDA gives vaping a bigger name, and with it more people switch to vaping. The so-called “underage vaping epidemic” is nothing more than a failed attempt by the FDA to regulate an already legal product that kids already had access to. There have been quite a few attempts in the past to regulate vapers, but did it actually affect anything? Very little to none. Stop the fear mongering and use your heads people.

  • Joe Martin : September 17, 2018

    As a x smoker who used to smoke 3 packs a day the government as whole is have to be missing the tax dollars also. They did same crap with self rolling machine said was unsafe and outlawed it so they could keep taxes flowing.

  • EyesoreJr: September 17, 2018

    I meant that cigarettes are proven to cause cancer among other diseases and are still sold.

  • EyesoreJr: September 17, 2018

    The real question is why are they trying to Be so tough on vaping even after the preliminary studies prove they are safer yet they still allow actual cigarettes that are PROVEN, after EONS of studies to still be sold?

  • Zach: September 17, 2018

    How can you say they aren’t going after big tobacco when the other four companies named by the fda to have 60 days are owned by big tobacco. This doesn’t seem like an attack on vaping. It’s an attack on closed pod systems that I kids prefer because they are so small and easy to hide. They even have a “study” to show that most underage kids use pods instead of open systems. I wish you people would just provide links to the actual articles released by the fda instead of writing one based on your perception of it.

  • George Shamblin: September 17, 2018

    How can we get a listing of the senator’s that big tobacco is lobbying? The sellouts. That would be a good start. Go after these money hungry fools.

  • Jason Hanks: September 16, 2018

    I concur. I think it’s all about the almighty dollar, “Big Tobacco” companies extremely fearful by the success of the “Entire” vaping industry as a whole. They’ve been trying to tear it apart since the beginning.

    Secondly, and probably the most important “FACT” is at teens are going to do what they want regaurdless of what they think is gonna help a so-called “epidemic”. My god, cutting the deadline by 5 and a half years and setting this new 60 Day a ultimatum is excuse me but it’s Bull S***. I understand that some flavors my be appealing to younger people but if they really were here to protect “US” from harmful and potentially dangours, Keyword there, substances then why are they trying to kill the vaping industry? Hmmmmm……

    OoOSuPeRNoVaOoO

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