The bosom buddies or those I like to refer to as the “Orcs” of Big Tobacco are at it again y’all.
Over the weekend, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, in all his wisdom, urged the federal government to reverse a recent decision to delay the regulation of e-cigarettes after citing alarming data that show one in five teens in New York State… wait for it… vape.
– Cue the GASPS from government lobbyist’s! –
A nicotine delivery gadget called, “Juul” has become especially popular among teenagers because it’s easy to hide, Schumer said at a press conference in Manhattan.
Chuck goes on to say…
“To know that New York kids are much more likely to be using these new-age e-cig devices, like Juul, is not only concerning, but it could be dangerous. Up until now, the FDA was on track to reign in e-cigs and regulate them like any other tobacco product, but this recent delay, coupled with the new numbers showing a rise in the use of gadgets like Juul, which can fool teachers and be brought to school, demands the FDA smoke out dangerous e-cigs and their mystery chemicals before more New York kids get hooked.”
I can only speak for myself, but it sure feels nice to know that the good guys upstairs are looking out for the precious youth of tomorrow.
Take the bit I mentioned above as my attempt at sarcasm.
Okay, before we delve deeper into what I feel is a ludicrous attempt on the Senators part to defame vaping, let’s take a close look at some New York City smoking statistics brought to you by NYCsmokefree.org. Fair warning, the smoking rates are a serious cause for concern.
As of June 2017
In New York City…
- – 3% of residents (950,000 adults) smoke
- – 15,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes; one-third of whom will die prematurely
- – More than 200,000 children are still exposed to secondhand smoke at home
- – New York State residents’ tax burden from smoking-related healthcare costs is $1,488 per household
- – Annual health care costs in New York State directly caused by smoking is $10.39 billion
IN THE BRONX…
- – 2% of residents (148,000 adults) smoke
- – 1,000 high school students currently smoke cigarettes; one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.
- – 9% of residents (297,000 adults) smoke
- – 4,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes; one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.
And the painful beat, I assure you, goes on…
Yet despite this deafening “beat” that not only resounds within the great state of New York but throughout the nation at large— Mr. Schumer could care less about the real startling data— the 36.5 million souls who still take in their nicotine through traditional cigarettes which have been proven to kill… or at least this is what I am taking from his recent statements.
According to the New York State Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board, one in five New York high school students used e-cigarettes in the last year. New York’s rate is higher than the national average which is a truth not to be ignored. But the fact that New York state is ranked 4th highest among 44 states with youth smokers in grades 9-12, should also be taken into account.
According to the CDC, in New York, the percentage of youth in grades 9–12 who currently smoke cigarettes was 12.5% in 2011. The range across 44 states was 5.9% to 24.1%.
In a 2014 article by Churnmag, a 2010 health report showed that before the various bans on e-cigarettes, 14 percent of New York residents were smokers. After investing countless time and energy into defaming the alternative nicotine delivery system, the latest health report shows the percentage of smokers in New York is up to 16.1 percent.
In April of 2002 New York adopted an amendment to the Smoker-Free Air Act of 2002 to include electronic cigarettes in all public smoking bans. Once vaping was prohibited indoors and in all public venues, former smokers lost some motivation to stick with e-cigarettes and it appears that some may be turning back to their analogs.
Many agencies still feel that much more research needs to be done in order for vaping to garner public support. Whether you agree with this sentiment or not, this is where we are in the vaping industry. But instead of dubbing a burgeoning industry that – on record, has saved countless lives – as the enemy, perhaps it’s time we combine our efforts into doing what is right; which is making alternative options to traditional tobacco cigarettes more obtainable.
At the end of the day, the enemy is the object responsible for more than 480,00 deaths per year.
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