Ted’s Tirade on the FDA: Area Man Furious About Regulations
August the 8th has come and gone. The FDA Deeming Regulations have now passed into law. From the local mom-and-pop shop to the major manufacturers, no one can escape the long reach of the FDA. For the next two years, the scramble is on for the industry survivors. The next two years will prove to be excruciating for some businesses, and some simply won’t survive. But how did we get to this point? Why has vaping been classified as a “tobacco product?” Do they know you can get e liquid with zero nicotine? The biggest question of this legislation is: who benefits from actions taken by the FDA?
If you take a look at the FDA’s stated mission, the organization claims they are “responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. Yup, that’s a mouthful. It gets better: “FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health.” So they slow-play the vaping community, brilliant! “FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors.” Do you see what they did there? Save the children! “Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.” Terrorism? They have a hard time doing one thing right, and now the jump into the “War on Terror.” Hey, don’t bad-mouth the FDA, they’re fighting terrorists. Oh, please!
Do you feel safer? Personally, it sure sounds like a load of horse pucky to me. Here’s why: They state all the glossy, feel-good gobbledygook typical of a governmental entity. Protecting the public health by assuring safety? Yet it’s perfectly okay to allow a product who’s own packaging says if its used properly will cause death. Really? Okay, bullets kill, they’re legal. Alcohol kills, its legal. Mercury, completely legal and a known poison, but for some reason shows up in a variety medications and medical materials (some used in children). Yet try talking to someone about mercury in medicine, and they’ll ask you where you keep your tin foil hat. Do you think you’re being completely and impartially informed? Thanks, FDA.
Nicotine occurs in nature, yet you’ll never hear anyone bark about tomatoes, potatoes, or green peppers. This is where the terrorism aspect of the FDA comes into play. Wanna get on a terrorist watch-list in a minute? Go online and say something derogatory about anything in the American food supply. This isn’t a joke. Our current society is so distracted and blinded by dishonest government and media that we don’t bat an eye when we’re told we should be protected from ourselves. Wouldn’t it be something if the FDA went after Pfizer for poisoning an entire generation with needless anti-depressants? The FDA, through its actions, says, “Hey big pharma, you get a free pass, just keep that paper coming.” Total farce! Big pharma’s not about to stop making Wellbutrin anytime soon. They want you to believe smoking kills (which has been proven many times over), while they hand you a handful pills with suicidal ideation as a side-effect! Logic? We don’t need no stinking logic!
Why is this important to the vaping industry? This illustrates the FDA is an administration bought and payed for by powerful lobbies whose common goal is to make money. There’s countless examples of drugs pushed through the FDA approval process that have destroyed or ended lives. Anyone up for a handful of Vioxx? In a four-year period, Vioxx caused nearly 28,000 heart attacks. In this case the FDA did the right thing and had it pulled…after five plus years. It was only prescribed to 20 million people! In this case, the manufacturer’s name is accurate, Merck. Imagine the income generated from insurance companies during its five-year run. 20 million times how many pills? Does this make you wonder how much energy the FDA spent on the vaping industry? According to their records, they had a grand total of one study since 2011. This study, called the PATH (Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health) examined whether electronic cigarettes are a “gateway to other tobacco products.” Gateway, where have we heard this before? Very scientific. Sounds like the big-hitter tobacco boys threw some cash at the FDA, and said, “rein this in and level our playing field,” and the FDA said “yessir.”
The final wave of this “study” is to be completed sometime in 2022. In the meantime, lets roll vaping up with the most deadly product ever mass-produced, and take a long deep drag! Have a nice slice of melanoma, and please ignore the fact that the vast majority of vapers use vaping as an alternative to get the heck away from cigarettes. The flawed logic is mind-numbing to most vertebrates with a brain stem. Then again, what do we expect of a system that fills its ranks with former employees of big pharma and tobacco interests to give us a “fair and impartial study?” No conflict of interest there. We’ve created a system that is payed to lie to us and surprise, surprise, they’re good at it.
Its easy to see where the money trail leads if you take a moment to look. How do we stop the madness? Take time to be a royal pain in the arses of the elected officials in your state, I mean a serious pain! Tell them about your positive experiences with vaping and struggles with cigarettes. Tell them how the new regulations effect you. Inform them of your loved ones who’ve made the switch. Impress upon them that your vote can’t be bought with their actions. Force them to stop the FDA from preventing further innovation of an industry that gave you back white teeth and the ability to taste. Ponder whether you want to fight for your rights, or suffer the slow death of one smoke at a time. The choice is yours.