Vaping for many is a healthier alternative to smoking and allowed them to quit for good. Unfortunately, unjust laws and regulations are forcing them back due to store closures and exuberant taxes. Vaping is under attack and those who once previously smoked cigarettes face tough choices. Choosing the wrong one can lead to death for some and lawmakers will be to blame for taking personal freedoms away from law abiding citizens.
The above is not sensationalism but truth. Examples are plentiful and happening at an alarming rate. Pro-vaping groups argue critics ignore the science and research. If you vape instead of smoke, you’ll eliminate up to 95 percent of the risk associated with cigarettes. This is because the majority of cancer-causing chemicals are inhaled through the smoke. Public health experts also note vaping devices offer smokers a viable way to reduce health risks to those around them.
Yet some states and within our governments thrive on money furnished by people smoking their lives away, and actively work to prohibit a product that would end cigarette dependence and save human lives. They prefer to let people die and so they can get their money rather than lose that money and allow people to live.
Look at Pennsylvania whose lawmakers imposed a massive 40% tax on vaping products that went into effect last October putting out of business nearly 100 stores. They have seen people lose their businesses and livelihoods because of the way this tax was enacted, and more businesses are teetering on the brink of failure due to this new tax burden. In fact, GOP Sen. Camera Bartolotta is the sponsor of the repeal bill, said in a statement “The state won’t see any benefit at all from this tax if shops continue to fail.”
In addition to pushing for a repeal of the tax, the Pennsylvania Vape Association is also attempting to have e-cigarettes removed from the state’s definition of a tobacco product. If they are successful, this might be the model to follow to end the discriminatory treatment and guarantee it remains this way regardless of political whims. This certainly would be better than our current reality.
Smoking kills people, no one will argue this fact. Yet restricting access or pricing vaping products higher than cigarettes removes the ability for people to choose safer alternatives. What happens to the consumer in this fight for taxes and citizen control? It pushes many to return to smoking, and face the health risks associated with it. What happened to personal liberties and freedoms in all of this, it seems to have gotten lost along the way. The individual should have the right to chose without discrimination or penalty and that is what we need to stand up for.
Many medical professionals actually advise smokers to try vaping for quitting smoking cigarettes. A survey published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health last year found 57.8 percent of practicing physicians recommend e-cigarettes to smokers trying to quit. It seems if doctors and researchers recommend this as a viable alternative it shouldn’t be made difficult.
It is time the great divide between truth and lies be closed so that public health can be the first concern. Let doctors and patients decide what is the best course of action and keep meddling and unjust laws out of it. You don’t even have to be a vapor to see how ridiculous their argument is and how intrusive this is your personal freedoms. It is time to stand up to big government and tell them where to go.