Anything related to smoking has been branded in the most negative light on purpose. Generally speaking, we agree—smoking cigarettes is terrible for your health, and the more we can do to deter people of all ages from smoking is great.
However, it’s when the anti-smoking train runs away with itself that we start to raise our hands.
The truth is, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been vilifying E-Cigs, and that’s not a good thing. Health officials on all levels have been branding E-Cigs as a surefire path towards addiction just like real cigarettes or even worse drugs.
But, at the same time, you can look at a place like Great Britain and see an entirely different outcome. Great Britain regards E-Cigs as a safe way to quell and keep a nicotine habit under control, even saying that E-Cigs are a conduit to quitting completely. That’s the truth—and that’s fantastic.
Today, seven top tobacco experts from across the globe are asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to rethink the way they view E-Cigs. David Levy, an oncology professor at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. is of the opinion that the U.S. Food and Drug’s position is putting people at risk—even though they’re trying to stave off the idea of smoking anything entirely.
“The discussion has been slanted against E-Cigarettes, which is unfortunate, because the big picture tells us that these products appear to be used mostly by people who already are or who are likely to become cigarette smokers.”
The idea is that if an alternative solution is not presented, people will fall on the status quo—which is cigarettes.
Smoking has fallen by 50% since the 1960’s, but the ongoing impacts of premature deaths and other factors still demands that we make progressive moves to eliminate smoking. The stats are proof—E-Cig smokers stand to only encounter a measly 5% of the risk when compared to regular tobacco.
Another hurdle E-Cigs face is their taxation rate. Not only are E-Cigs more expensive, but they’re taxed at a higher rate, which means the average person is less likely to reach for them.
“Increasing e-cigarette prices by taxing them the same way as cigarettes will discourage youth VNP use, but also discourage use by smokers, especially those of lower socioeconomic status, who are trying to quit,” Levy continues.
So, what is the solution? Lower taxes on E-Cigs, and change the country’s conversation on the issue. It may be clear to us, but we may need to change many money-motivated minds before some real progress can be made.
But, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in control. We’ll see what happens when they make their next move. Hopefully it’s in the right direction.