Heat, not burn?

Could the FDA rule change push smokers to vaping?

If you are new to vaping, all you need to know is that e-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine, which then becomes vapor. They don’t contain carbon monoxide and tar, which are just some of the many chemicals in cigarettes that can severely compromise a person’s health.

According to the U.K. Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol studies, E-cigarettes are about 95 percent safer than smoked tobacco. With cigarette smoking being the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the US, it’s rather surprising that 36.5 million of adults in the US still currently smoke cigarettes.

But all that could change here soon.

Last month, the FDA announced plans to roll out new comprehensive measures for tobacco and nicotine regulation. With the cigarettes accounting for more than 480,000 deaths in the United States, a figure based on CDC statistic, the purpose of the new plan will be to serve as a road-map to better protect children and significantly decrease tobacco-related disease and death.

Shortly following last month’s FDA announcement, Altria Group Inc. and British American Tobacco, two of the largest cigarette sellers in the U.S., posted their largest single-day drop in sales since the recession. A sign that has consumers and investors believing that the impending change in FDA regulation could push cigarette users to put down their tobacco sticks and take up vape gizmos that resemble digital tape recorders, instead.

The word on the street is that the new FDA initiative may upend the $130 billion America tobacco industry, which will most likely ignite a legal firestorm in Washington and push the cigarette companies to get creative in developing products that rely less on burning carcinogenic tobacco and more on delivering calculated doses of nicotine through cleaner vapor.

So, could the FDA rule change really push smokers to vaping? What are your thoughts on this potential major shift in behavior?

Andrew Figgs

Photography Major from Western Washington University . I joined MBV back in December 2014 and am happy to be working in an industry focused on helping others.

  • Ronnie says:

    Heat not burn a great article

  • Mark S says:

    Michael, good article.

    Background on me. 30 year smoker with a pack a day habit at worst. Sometime more, sometimes less. I’m in Australia and I started Vaping recently which stopped my smoking dead… I mean like zero cigs since taking up vaping. Anyway the government and various medical bodies here in Aus over the last 10 years have pushed the tax on tobacco to a point now it costs almost 1 dollar per ciggy. That’s right a pack of 25’s is over 30 dollars and a pack of 40’s around 36 dollars. A pack a day smoker is burning away upwards of 900 dollars a month and the tax is still increasing. I’m not sure how the FDA will regulate over there in the states but I suspect the day will come that smoking will become prohibitively expensive there as it has here. I tried other forms of quitting including gum, spray, nico patches but pharmaceutical companies seem to know they can charge high rates so it ends out costing a high price for something that only curbs the nicotine need and does nothing for the physical habit. Anyway, roll on Vaping. It is the only thing that worked for me.

    • I’m so glad it worked for you! Thank you for your story and your comments. It’s unclear where the future of cigarette tax is headed here in the states, but we hope it eventually jumps up to where it’s not affordable (it kind of already isn’t, yet that doesn’t stop the millions of people who smoke) or maybe smokers will begin to take notice of alternative choices they have to kick their habit.

      • Mark S says:

        Strangely (or not) in the last four weeks I have one work colleague and a close friend who simply through seeing me vape and asking some simple questions have now also switched to vaping. It was quite remarkable how misinformed they were. Both are now well on the path to no ciggys. One of them is an Emergency services volunteer and has also had an associate now trying it and others enquiring. What I find interesting is that all these people are finding that they actually prefer to vape on every level.

  • Justin says:

    Nice article keep them coming

  • Casey says:

    One of the best blogs

  • jack says:

    great article

  • jack says:

    vaping keeps me away from cigs now

  • Sakda detsouvanh says:

    Good article

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