Recently, there has been a significant rise in news in regard to anti-vaping measures as taken up by various states in the United States and Canada. It is true that the FDA and a host of other local government institutions are indeed imposing severe obstacles and bans against the vaping industry, which is essentially crippling the sector altogether. However, it only makes sense to delve deeper into the matter to understand what exactly is going on. Has there been any specific revelations regarding e-cigs that’s leading the government to such extreme measures? Or is it an unconstitutional practice driven by some other ulterior motives?
What the FDA Wants
The FDA deems that each business in the vaping industry must do the following.
- Submit an application to them for the right to make and sell vaping products within 2 years.
- Provide scientific evidence in regards to what the ingredients are and their effects on the human body.
- Provide scientific evidence that their products are actually beneficial to public health
- Comply and abide by every rule and restriction that regulates the tobacco industry.
Strict as these stipulations are, they don’t seem as bad or as devastating for the vaping industry until you take a closer look at the finer details, which we will now elucidate.
Why it’s Unfair
As you will see, there are multiple reasons why the new restrictions are being considered by unbiased politicians and lawmakers as unfair.
- The cost of a single application under the given stipulations may cross the million dollar mark for some businesses.
- Even after the extremely costly application, there is no guarantee that it will be accepted
- The necessary scientific evidence as demanded by the FDA almost seems impractical.
- It is seemingly a deliberate move to shut down a majority of the small vaping businesses as they can neither conform to these regulations, nor can they pay such a huge sum of money.
- There has been no significant research result presented by the FDA or any other institution that shows e-cigs to be as poisonous or as dangerous as they claim.
How Dangerous is Vaping After All?
By default, vaping is less harmful than smoking even when the vaporizer or e-cig contains nicotine as no tar or harmful smoke is produced in the process which does not involve burning at all. Nevertheless, it can still have some adverse effects on human health as it does contain nicotine. On the other hand, a survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that roughly 80% of the vapers do not use nicotine in their e-cigs and such vaping practices are nearly harmless. The FDA laws and regulations, however, are not designed to make any distinction in-between nicotine-based and non-nicotine based vaping products whatsoever for some unknown reason. Another health hazard which may arise actually doesn’t have anything to do with the content of the e-liquid but from the chances of the vape pen’s battery being overheated. The good news is that the problem can simply be solved by using an Ohms law calculator.
What About Nicotine Patches and Gums?
It is surprising that nicotine patches and gums are not being subjected to similar regulations. As vaping was largely seen as a way to reduce or quit smoking until only recently, the fairness of this discrimination is once again questionable to say the least. The fact remains that in spite of nicotine patches and gums containing the carcinogenic substance, they are not being subjected to similar strict rules and regulations, while the vaping liquids which do not even contain any nicotine are being penalized.
The Possible Effects
It has been estimated that within the next 2 -3 years, the following effects of the FDA regulations will be observed in the US.
- Most small vaping businesses will shut down.
- The major source of vaping products will be the same companies who now make cigarettes.
- A large section of the vaping community will revert back to smoking.
- Vaping will become a lot more expensive, which will fuel people further towards traditional cigarettes.
- There is a possibility that a black market for vaping products will develop.
Although the measures against vaping are being supported by a lot of people, that’s mainly due to misleading information than anything else. It remains to be seen if the Trump government will take a more sympathetic attitude towards the vaping industry, or if it lets a majority of the small players in the field just run out of business in the coming years.