Increasing Demands To Repeal Prohibitions Following Pandemic
Stay-at-home orders and various lockdowns highlight the importance of access and options such as online ordering.
The ongoing global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has brought the world as a whole to a sudden screeching halt. Non-essential businesses around the globe are being forced to temporarily shutter as a means of helping to slow the spread of the virus.
In response to the dramatic shift in our social and economic landscape, authorities throughout the United States have begun loosening restrictions and regulations that may impede social distancing and various forms of lockdown. From states allowing curbside alcohol pickup to outright delivery of drinks from bars, lawmakers are beginning to understand the concessions needed to get people to comfortably comply with such measures for an undetermined amount of time.
There are currently millions addicted to nicotine that have taken up vaping as a way to help reduce or quit smoking. With their options for access suddenly and dramatically limited, calls to increase access for everyone during these trying times have begun to gain momentum.
Currently, there are proposals for states that have restrictions on the online ordering and sale of vapor products to temporarily suspend them, given the unfolding crisis. This simple common sense suspension allows vapers to practice proper social distancing by reducing unnecessary trips to physical retailers. It also helps prevent those addicted to nicotine from turning toward tobacco or black market options to maintain their habit.
Throughout the United States, lawmakers have begun suspending or outright scrapping rules and regulations that may impede social distancing and lockdown orders, as well as those that limit the ability of the healthcare sector to respond to this crisis effectively. Doctors may now practice across state lines, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will now allow hand sanitizer containers, and Maryland is allowing bars and restaurants to offer drinks for carryout and delivery.
With the current crisis looking as if it may impact us for the coming weeks or likely months, authorities are beginning to understand the gravity of what they’re asking of people to remain on lockdown for such extended periods. As such, lawmakers are making concessions they otherwise wouldn’t have in order to help people observe proper social distancing and obey stay-at-home rules.
These pragmatic shifts in policy must also be extended to vaping so that those addicted to nicotine aren’t forced in a position to consider tobacco or black market alternatives. Suspension or scrapping of such unnecessary regulations targeting vaping, such as the banning of online sales, not only prevents former smokers from relapse but also avoids superfluous commuting and will help keep the industry afloat during such trying times.
Throughout the United States, various measures are being implemented to protect public health and help people adjust to the new daily life we all face. If there is a measure that not only benefits public health at large but can also effectively limit the spread of coronavirus, such as repealing bans on online ordering of vapor products, it should be passed without hesitation as a service to us all.
Vaping has provided millions of those current and former smokers relief from their crippling and gripping addiction to tobacco. Unfortunately for many, these users may still have cravings for nicotine, and reduced access to vapor products may leave them seeking out tobacco again or even risky black-market alternatives.
Vaping has not only been repeatedly demonstrated as a remarkably effective smoking cessation aid, but a repeatedly proven reduced harm alternative to tobacco as well. A myriad of research has highlighted the promise and proven potential that vaping provides not only for public health but for the public at large.
Research from the University of Louisville found that vaping was more effective than any other form of smoking cessation, even including prescription options such as Chantix. Another study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that vaping was more effective than any other nicotine-replacement therapy in helping adults quit smoking and remain tobacco-free.
Research from Public Health England and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center each determined vaping is actually 95% and 93% safer than smoking, respectively. A separate study, published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences, found that vapers face a staggering 57,000 times lower risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes compared to smokers.
Lawmakers throughout the United States have made concessions to formerly restrictive policies as a means of helping small businesses stay afloat and to keep people obeying social distancing policies and stay-at-home orders. From cocktail takeout at bars to the curbside delivery of liquor, concepts that once seemed unfathomable for many are quickly becoming the new normal in our rapidly changing world.
Lawmakers must also extend such concessions to the vapor industry as well. Not only would this allow an already troubled sector to remain afloat in these trying times, but it would be performing a public health service by preventing smoking relapse, assisting with social distancing, and limiting unnecessary trips outside the home.
What are your thoughts regarding the ongoing global pandemic? Do you believe that allowing online ordering where it is prohibited will help people better observe social distancing policies and stay-at-home orders to help limit the spread of the coronavirus? We would love to hear from you in the comments below, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive all the latest vaping news!
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