Latest Plans To Combat Teen Smoking May Only Make Things Worse

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An industry leader is coming out against proposed FDA regulations, claiming they would ultimately help to create more smokers.

People have been debating the value of vaping for well over a decade now, but it hardly seems like all our work and dedication has gotten us anywhere. Politicians around the globe are much more interested in equating vaping with smoking than they are doing the leg work needed to regulate them properly.

However, even with all of this negativity, there is still quite a few positives for the vaping industry to rally around. One of the most critical of these recent changes has been the level of backing the vaping industry receives when they’re unfairly attacked.

Things have changed so much, industry leaders who have no specific horse in the race have still been coming to the aid of the vaping industry. One such leader was the CEO of a convenience store advocacy group, who recently called out the FDA’s decision making.

At the same time, those against vaping remain focused on limiting their usage however, and whenever possible. It’s unclear what this new support for vaping will actually mean, but regardless it’s a great thing to see for the industry.

The Latest Support

It was the President and CEO of the National Association of Convenience Stores, Henry O. Armour, who released a press statement taking the FDA to task for their woefully misguided choices. He made himself very clear, focusing on how the restriction of vaping will only create more teenage smokers, not less.

One of the biggest problems Mr. Armour has with the FDA’s plan is confusing ways in which they apply. According to the research, only 31.1% of underage vapers are getting supplies from stores themselves. Not only that, but two-thirds of that 31% purchased their vapes online, not in a brick and mortar store. The same report showed less than 5% of underage vaping purchases happened in convenience stores. However, the proposed law would only stop these convenience stores from carrying vaporizers.

Mr. Armour was sure to keep his distance from the vaping battle as much as he could, but he did confirm that the FDA has an awful plan which will undoubtedly result in more smokers, with no evidence to back their claims.

The FDA hasn’t made any comments yet, but few are expecting any formal response. Either way, the more help we can gain from outside the vaping industry, the better off we’ll be.

The Case For Vaping

We’ve known for a long time now that vaping is much safer than continued smoking. In fact, it was back in 2015 that we got the first solid piece of evidence which suggested vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking.

There’s been a ton of reports which back up these harm reduction claims. For instance, researchers at Roswell Park concluded the toxicants in vapor are around 93% lower than in cigarette smoke. Another report published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences found that the excess cancer risk of a vaper is around 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.

Looking further, we have a ton of reason to support vaping as a smoking cessation tool. A study out of the University of Louisville concluded that not only is vaping an effective smoking cessation tool, but it’s also the single most likely to lead to a successful quit attempt.

But probably the most critical evidence we have in support of vaping is what we know about the so-called teenage vaping “epidemic.” A report by Action on Smoking and Health of over 60,000 teens concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are vaping more than a couple of times, and a lot fewer are ever ending up smokers.

Implications

The FDA has made the entire teenage vaping problem much worse by increasing fear and anxiety. Even worse, they’re actively making terrible decisions for not only the future of vaping but public health in general.

It’s their obsession with stopping teenage vaping which is ultimately going to lead to more problems. Not only does it put adult vapers in a tight bind, but it could very well be leading to more teenage smokers as well.

The best thing we can do is work together to prove to the FDA that their current mindset is woefully outdated and must be changed. The more people who understand what’s at stake, the easier it will be to protect our rights moving forward. That’s the single most important thing we as a community can do right now.

Is it a bad call for vapes to be restricted like this without reigning in cigarettes further? What most helped you quit using vapes? Do you think the teenage vaping epidemic is a big deal? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.

 

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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