The FDA is out to apply the same regulations to e-cigarettes that the tobacco companies operate under. Do I think you should be 18 or 21 to buy e-cigarettes and e-liquid? Yes. I think that’s common sense. Should there be some kind of oversight into the flavorings and other additives? Probably. Again, I think that’s common sense. Should there be standards for hygiene in the lab? Yes, but look at what good that did the victims of the pharmacy who sold the contaminated injections.
Item #1 – I don’t really see the similarities. One is a potentially lethal cocktail of carcinogenic and poison laced smoke that’s carefully crafted to keep the customer making purchases. The other is way to quit smoking and eventually break a nicotine dependency.
Item #2 – The process to make them isn’t similar at all. Tobacco is genetically engineered and grown in a field where it is sprayed with herbicides and pesticides which eventually end up in your cigarette. E-liquid is blended in a lab from chemically produced nicotine.
Item #3 – Tobacco is taken and processed with additives like tolulene, formaldehyde, salt peter, ammonia and often worse. E-liquid is blended with ingredients that are already approved for things like asthma inhalers.
Item #4 – If you’re going to do this with e-cigarettes, it needs to include ALL nicotine containing products. I know too many people who quit smoking but now have a Nicorette habit.
Let’s take a close look at who’s pushing this. Wait… Let me get my shocky face ready… It’s Big Tobacco. Guess what’s been eating into their sales? You got it… E-cigarettes. This is just another lame attempt by an industry group to legislate and regulate themselves back into relevance once technology has passed them by. It is EXACTLY the same thing that the Recording Industry Artists Association (RIAA) did with Napster when their lobbyists shoved the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) through Congress.
Don’t fool yourselves about Big Tobacco. They only thing they’re looking out for is that wallet. Big Tobacco is about as dirty as you can get this side of Auschwitz. Let’s take trip down memory lane or in this case, Big Tobacco’s history. Big Tobacco told us that cigarettes were safe. When that got debunked, it lied for decades and said that cigarettes weren’t addictive. Big Tobacco has been caught red handed marketing to children. Big tobacco has been caught red handed tinkering with the ingredients to get and keep users hooked.
Allow me to describe Project SCUM to you. Project SCUM was carried out fairly recently – during the 1990’s. This was the brain child of one of the biggest tobacco companies – R J Reynolds, the makers of Camel and Pall Mall, among others. They decided to target specific communities like gays, because they didn’t like them and thought they could trick them into smoking. Since these were “fringe groups” of society, they thought that no one would care. The marketing was so selective that it’s been called a hate crime against certain communities.
Big tobacco has been busted for creating a secret spy organization to keep tabs on anti-smoking groups, their members, and their activities. While that does sound a bit over the top, you can google “Operation Berkshire” for more information.
Contrast this with the guys who live down the road from me and run my local vapor bar. They blend most of the e-liquid they sell themselves. They buy the best ingredients they can find. They test every batch themselves – on themselves. Which one would you trust?