The idea of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration censuring the creators of e-cigarettes is as absurd an idea as President Obama claiming he gave up smoking because he’s “afraid of his wife.”
The biggest news is vaporizers in 2013 and it’s surely beyond the federal government’s response to the many “activists” wanting to regulate e-cigarettes.
Warning labels, banning online sales
U.S. law enforcement officials have been whispering into the government’s ear for the past few years, demanding warning labels be put on vaporizers, and reportedly trying to ban online sales outright.
And here comes the “smoke up the ass” moment that will cause rapid head shaking: it’s because the FDA wants to make sure they’re safe before allowing a free market.
What is President Obama inhaling to believe all of this?
This is of course the same safe-minded FDA that released high-profile killer drugs like Rezulin, Vioxx, Troglitazone, after it was discovered that they might be causing deaths. The same FDA that refuses to label genetically modified produce, despite the fact that most countries have banned them, and despite the fact that millions of Americans are upset about unknowingly consuming these potentially dangerous Frankenstein foods.
But somehow, the real threat to humanity is in the form of e-cigarettes.
Now before you jump to conclusions that it’s all a big greedy conspiracy (oh it is, but wait for it…) let’s consider the facts. Yes, the FDA has a right to be concerned about tobacco products and has done a fine job of warning the world about potential risks involved in over-consumption. So much in fact that the smoking habit has drastically decreased worldwide, although the growth in the tobacco industry is coming from the youth. (Apparently kids still think smoking is cool…huh, is this a new thing?)
So here come e-cigarettes…
…one of the most cost-efficient and effective technological advances designed to control smoking urges, while not injecting a person’s body full of tobacco smoke. Through battery power and vapor, purified nicotine can be delivered (and with adjustable doses) to control cravings. It’s the joy of cigarettes minus the toxins that cause cancer and a wide variety of other dis-ease. Now, if you were a normal person, you might think this is a step in the right direction.
However, the FDA is taking its cue from the European Parliament, which is forcing a vote on further restricting tobacco and tobacco-like products, in hopes of “saving the children” as usual. The European Parliament wants to go so far as to treat e-cigarettes like medicinal products, surrendering full power to the pharmaceutical companies. This not only increases price, and reduces availability of products, but also means the pharmaceutical companies would get the lion’s share of profit. Meanwhile another organization, the European Commission, publicly admitted that all of this fiasco is most likely not going to slow down the trend of smoking e-cigarettes. Good thing that didn’t pass.
Monopolize it all!
Not that futility phases these guys! Our guess is that the Food and Drug Administration is whispering into the European Parliament’s ear, telling them just how great it is when the pharmaceutical industry monopolizes all products and “contains” all threats. You know, like Stevia, the dangerous natural sugar substitute which the FDA tried to ban until major soda companies began developing products using the ingredient. Or like that other green plant which remains illegal in most states for moral reasons—unless of course, it’s pharmaceutically supervised and brings in profit to you know who.
FDA War on Terror against E-cigarettes
And there you have the reality of the situation. It is forecasted that e-cigarettes and vapor cigars will sell upwards of 300 million in 2013 alone, a three-fold increase from the year before. The tobacco companies may be the big loser in all of this but that’s not what concerns the FDA. The real issue is that pharmaceutical companies stand to lose millions, since their nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and all these other grotesque products that no one really enjoys will become nearly obsolete.
Why, even the tobacco firms have developed their own e-cigarettes, but I wouldn’t trust them! The only result if all these ridiculous laws are passed will be that the e-cigarette industry will be slowed so that proper licensing (a.k.a. a corporate plan of profitability) can be implemented.
No, these devices are not for children but they are for discerning adults who are aware of what the product is and who prefer it as the safest, tastiest, cheapest and most exhilarating product on the market. It is our opinion that e-cigarettes should be treated like caffeinated drinks, or at least like alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, since they require no clinical supervision.
Simply put, politicians and safety watchdogs should embrace the technology of e-vaporizers rather than labeling it as the next big terrorist threat.
Have a virtual smoke.
Congratulate society and science on how far they’ve come in making the world just a little bit safer.
(We welcome a civil discussion below in the comments…keep it clean.)