A crackdown on vaporizers and e-cigarettes announced at a council meeting in early October leaves the city’s health and many of New York City vape shops at risk.
The city council voted in favor of banning new vape stores from opening on top of slashing the number of vape shops currently in operation. In the wake of this decision is thousands of small businesses hoping to challenge big tobacco’s grip on the industry.
It’s a shame to see drastic minimization in the number of New York City vape shops leaving smokers with fewer options to buy the alternative to cigarettes.
One thing isn’t in doubt – you will certainly continue to see cigarettes in convenient stores and bodegas around the city without limitation.
Why Do New York City Vape Shops Matter?
Sure, anyone can get all the products you may need online.
Many people might prefer to shop digitally. However, this forgoes the experience. Personal interaction is a crucial opportunity to build a sense of community centered around the success of quitting smoking.
This city council ruling does not give New Yorkers their due justice when it comes to health prevention.
Owners of these New York CIty vape shops are people who have invested experience as former smokers.
Not only do people in the vape community know what it’s like to be a smoker wishing they weren’t one, but many have some incredibly valuable tips to help others quit smoking with the help of vaporizers.
These entrepreneurs are the ones who stepped up to fight for facts. Many even share our dream of for a smokeless generation, helping to pave the way.
What is the Council in New York Missing?
Simply making the first step towards quitting smoking is very difficult.
Science has shown us how addictive cigarettes are for decades, yet smokers considering vaporizers are being discouraged in the face of misinformation coming from groups who have the trust of the people. The American Heart Association and American Lung Association have the power to make great change, yet both groups actively supported the vape-shop ban.
Big Pharma, as we discussed in our review of the A Billion Lives Documentary, is worried about their pockets. Scared of the vape shops are that are placing obsolescence at the ineffective FDA-approved anti-smoking products.
Staff in these New York City vape shops have direct, real-world success stories. These people have the knowledge to help ensure people are using devices correctly and show others that it is possible to quit. For long-time smokers who have been unsuccessful, there are no examples.
Even more astounding is the facts that vape-shop employees don’t cost taxpayers a penny, yet current taxpayer-funded health counselors are forbidden from giving smokers factual information about e-cigarettes.
Why would the city want to shutdown vape shops instead of welcoming them?
New York Acts In Opposition To US Government
Fortunately, the US Government seems to finally be looking toward the future as vaporizers have become more accepted and studied.
Regulations in the Obama-era left the whole community wondering what was in store for vaporizers. Rumors circulated of restrictions that would have banned almost every device that has been used to quit smoking!
Conversely, the FDA has seemingly gone through a change of heart with its stance on vaporizers.
Commissioner Scott Gottlieb unveiled a new federal approach to vaporizers stating, “The overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes — the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users.”
The FDA’s updated approach to nicotine regulation envisions a world “where adults who still need or want nicotine could get it from alternative and less harmful sources.” It seems New York didn’t get the memo.
Or, even worse, is deciding to ignore it.
Trump’s FDA isn’t alone in promoting vaporizers to help smokers quit. Public Health England in the UK released its long-awaited tobacco-control plan this July, which is hoping to establish significant cuts regular smoking among 15-year-olds from 8 percent to 3 percent or less, as well as goals to reduce adult smoking from 15.5 percent to 12 percent or less.
The Public Health England plan calls for the maximization of safer alternatives to smoking and promoting innovative, science-backed technologies. Unlike New York, England seeks to support consumers in stopping smoking and adopting the use of less harmful nicotine products.”
PHE went even further, recommending that vaping is not included in “smoke-free legislation and should not routinely be” banned in workplaces. New York City’s “smoke-free” law in 2013 sliced vaping, despite producing no smoke, in bars, restaurants, outdoor parks and beaches.
The Case For City Vapers
Last month, a National Institutes of Health-funded study, using US Census Bureau data, found that “the substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking-cessation rate at the population level.”
Governments in the US and UK see low-risk nicotine products as a resource that could help to bring smoking-related diseases and rates down to unprecedented levels. Legislators In New York CIty, a city leading cultural influence, want to unsparingly regulate responsible vape retailers and small businesses out of existence.
Just a thought, they could be allowing the profits of New York’s cigarette taxes cloud their thinking.
So why is New York City opposed to vaping? Are you concered for about the market for New York City vape shops? What do you think about the city council’s decision?
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