We all know that the US is so fearful of the vaping industry and has been blaring fear-mongering headlines about its health risks for years. This is likely due to vaping’s disruption of the Big Pharma and Big Tobacco. Activists against vaping cannot seem to see the public health benefits far outweigh any risks that e-cigarettes present. Across the pond, countries like Germany, Britain, and Sweden, and the Czech Republic are doing the complete opposite. They are embracing this form of harm reduction and their vaping regulations are refreshingly lax. An international panel of experts have unilaterally concluded that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking. Public Health England confirmed these findings which should be enough for the US to jump onboard. So, what gives? Let’s take a look at what we should be doing:
Vaping Regulations, What is Germany Doing?
Germany does not tax vaping products and allows it in public places. There are no rules on cross-border sales of vaping products, allowing businesses to flourish. There are some restrictions on advertisements, but they are very mild. Compare this to the FDAs restrictions, which say vaping companies can’t say anything about the benefits of e-cigs to their customers. Vaping companies can’t advertise on Google or Facebook as e-cigs are categorized as a tobacco product.
The reason Germany takes this approach is because they look at the facts of vaping and are not alarmist. Nicotine may be addictive, but technically so is coffee. Are you going to ban that, too? Nicotine DOES NOT cause cancer. Vaping has been proven to be a much less harmful option than combustible cigarettes — a public health epidemic. There are 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette and far, far fewer in vape juice. Vaping regulations in the US, put forth by the FDA, are completely controlled by the purse strings of big tobacco and big pharma. Every time the FDA approves a new nicotine replacement therapy (such as a nicotine patch, etc.), they get money. Of course they want to control the vape industry in a similar way, thus limiting it’s effectiveness as a harm reduction agent.
The FDA has set the deadline for premarket tobacco applications to November 8, 2022. Many lawmakers in Washington are trying to reverse this decision back to the original date of August 2018. This would effectively cripple the majority of vape companies in the US. Something needs to change because vaping is saving lives, not hurting them.
**The opinions expressed in this article are that of the author and not of Mt Baker Vapor**
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