JUST SURFING THE WEB WAVES, WHEN . . .
Today, I was browsing through articles on Google to see what the latest vaping news might be when I found a mildly disturbing article. Because of the possible implications for vaping, I wanted to share this with you. Granted, it isn’t so much about vaping as about cigarettes, but this info could well impact the vaping industry. It’s an editorial entitled FDA Should Limit Nicotine in Cigarettes, Tobacco”.
The article is on the website of The Herald in Everett, Washington, and it was written by their editorial board. In it, the writers discuss a recent FDA announcement stating that it wants to greatly reduce the amount of nicotine they’ll allow cigarette manufacturers to put into their products.
The addictive drug that enslaves so many people to cigarette addiction is nicotine. The FDA hopes that by removing the majority of nicotine from all tobacco products, they’ll stop many smokers from ever wanting to light up again. Furthermore, their expectation is that lower nicotine content will keep many other folks from ever becoming addicted in the first place. Though nicotine is the addictive component inherent in all cigarettes, it isn’t nicotine that causes cancer and the other myriad of maladies brought on by nicotine addiction. What makes the smoker sick, often fatally so, is the conglomerate of other chemicals resident in cigarette smoke.
Many of these other chemicals are extremely toxic, while nicotine has not been found to be carcinogenic. Conversely, nicotine research suggests that it may be medicinally useful to treat Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and other dreaded illnesses.
Interestingly, the U.S. government has stated that at least 69 of the over 250 harmful chemicals produced in cigarette smoke cause cancer. The lion’s share of deadly chemicals in cigarette smoke comes from tar, a substance created when tobacco is burned. It’s this nasty, noxious residue that sticks to walls, furniture, draperies, and even a smoker’s teeth.
EVERYTHING’S BETTER WITH A LITTLE SALT, RIGHT?
Vapers will need to take some of the statements in the Herald’s article with a grain of salt. The writers claim that there is mounting evidence that vaping contains chemicals that cause medical problems.
We must take exception to that statement, as we have found no reputable studies that have discovered sound evidence that vaping is harmful – or anywhere near as harmful as cigarette smoking.
The article goes on to state the writers’ belief that many smokers will actually appreciate the newly proposed regulations so they can quit. “Huh?” (She said, scratching her head…) Since when has anything anyone ever attempted to stop an addict from procuring his or her drug of choice actually worked? One way or another, an addict will get what he or she needs.
But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater quite yet. There are other interesting and notable bits of information in the editorial, such as:
“Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, more than opioid and other illegal drug use, alcohol, homicide, suicide, AIDS and auto accidents — combined. Smoking also costs the nation some $300 billion a year in health care spending and lost productivity, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, told The Washington Post.” Wow!
Whether or not new regulations on nicotine levels will prevent smokers from indulging their craving, I cannot say for sure. However, I doubt it will work out the way the FDA might intend.
Great Caesar’s ghost, Superman! Sounds a little like prohibition, doesn’t it? I think we all know how that turned out. (Insert frowny face here!) We can only hope that the intention is good and that someone, somewhere will benefit from it.
Our concern is that the government considers vaping to be a tobacco product, even though vape juice may have no tobacco in it at all. (Some vape nicotine comes from other natural plant sources.) Therefore, we have to wonder how far the FDA will go to regulate nicotine levels in e-liquids?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Will lowering the allowable levels of nicotine in cigarettes help smokers kick the habit? Will lessening a smoker’s satisfaction knock the teeth out of tobacco addiction? Will it prevent others from becoming smokers? How would such a regulation affect vapers and the vaping industry? Is this just another whack-a-doodle ploy by the powers-that-be to exercise more control over – well, everything? Or does the idea have merit? Give us a shout out and let us know how YOU feel about the FDA’s recent announcement.
The article is fairly short and it’s readable. So check it out. We’d be interested to know your thoughts on the subject. Here’s where you’ll find it: http://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/editorial-fda-should-limit-nicotine-in-cigarettes-tobacco/
Just don’t let it ruffle your feathers or ruin your day. Stay calm and vape on! And don’t forget to leave your comments below.