Facebook’s policy has always been to include vapor devices under the category of tobacco products, but now the vaping community is asking for Mark Zuckerburg to reconsider. Kevin Price has started a petition on Change.org, asking for vaping goods to be listed separately from tobacco. So far, the petition has already gained more than 12,000 signatures.
In the past, Facebook has argued that vapor devices should be classified as tobacco products because of nicotine content, but those signing the petition have argued that some eliquids are nicotine free. Furthermore, nicotine is also contained in products like eggplant, cauliflower, or tomatoes but those aren’t categorized as tobacco products.
Additionally, the group argues that vaping actually helps people quit smoking, and that Facebook’s stand overlooks this important reality. Many vapers are sharing their stories in hopes that Facebook will have a change of heart.
Zuckerburg, however, continues to ignore these pleas. But this is not the first time that Facebook has been in disagreement with third parties over its policy on vaping products. Last year, the social media giant attempted to censor ads for “A Billion Lives”, a documentary film that will advocate for the use of vaping for smoking cessation. A similar petition was ultimately what caused Facebook to allow “A Billion Lives” to air their advertisements.
With any luck, the current petition will cause Facebook to rethink its general policy and acknowledge the massive difference that exists between traditional tobacco products and vaping devices.
In fact, in testimonials, former chain smokers are confessing to have quit smoking after using vaping products, a feat that would have been impossible without the help of these products.
Hopefully, the petition, with its steadily rising number of signatories, will force Facebook to rethink its policy on tobacco and tobacco-related products so that vaping products can be seen by Facebook in positive light.