Senator Chuck Schumer is taking his fight against vaping to a place both sides tend to agree on, counterfeit products.
Since vaping entered the market, there has been an ongoing public debate about the safety and effectiveness of these products. Despite an ever-growing number of articles, studies, and surveys on the subject, no general consensus has been met. As a result, the dichotomy between those who are for and against vaping has gotten even more divided over the years.
No matter which side of the debate you fall on, there are still some matters on which all parties agree. One such issue is the concern around counterfeit e-liquids and pods. These potentially harmful products are disguised as widely trusted brands. Stopping their infiltration of the market is a goal that everyone can agree on.
A recent press conference held on the subject of counterfeit Juul pods revealed that the consensus may be shifting. It was during this conference that Senator Chuck Schumer made an acknowledgment no one expected. Sen. Schumer admitted he views an individual’s switch from smoking to vaping as a “good thing.”
Schumer, by no means, came out in full support of vaping; but this small step is still positive on a significant public level. This has the potential to have a far-reaching impact moving forward.
The press conference was held by Senator Chuck Schumer just last week and addressed an influx of counterfeit products coming into the vape market. These products can contain erratically varying levels of nicotine and potentially harmful chemicals. The pods impersonating Juul products are particularly widespread and possibly more dangerous due to the popularity of Juul products.
Schumer used this platform to implore the FDA and Border Patrols to conduct more thorough checks into incoming products and to identify stores responsible for the import and distribution of fraudulent items. Part of his plan will also take a look at online retailers who could potentially be selling these products and others without age verifications.
Schumer did not have all of his facts straight, though. For instance, he referenced the belief that non-smoking teens take up vaping, despite ample evidence to the contrary. However, the point that truly shines through was “When an adult goes from smoking regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes, that’s a good thing.”
Juul didn’t take long to jump on the opportunity to agree with a familiar foe about the value they provide. A spokesperson even went out of there way to make sure to applaud Schumer for his efforts in fighting an urgent problem.
The Independent Evidence
Juul Labs has actually been on the forefront of the fight against teenage vaping in many ways. Most people are surprised to hear this, given the bad rep they often get from the media, but even before more people became concerned with the brand they had already pledged over $30 million to fund a research foundation.
Other things they’ve done over the last couple of years to improve their image includes ad campaigns aimed at educating parents and geo-locked devices which promise to disable vapes anywhere they shouldn’t be used. Seeing these strong pushes, it’s no wonder why so many are beginning to support the value of vaping
A study conducted by Action on Smoking and Health of over 60,000 teens helped determine how many non-smokers are turning to vapes. Luckily, their data shows only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vape more than once or twice, let alone ending up smokers.
If you take a look at the harm reduction value of vaping, you find a lot more reason to support their value. Just a few months back, yet another report concluded the toxicants in vapor are about 93% lower than in cigarette smoke. Alternatively, consider the study finding the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is around 57,000 times lower than smokers with a similar background.
When even Chuck Schumer is willing to admit that vaping is a better choice than continued smoking, it’s really saying something. It wasn’t long ago he was unwilling to say anything positive about vaping, so to hear him call it a “good thing” is a bit jarring.
However, this presents us with the perfect opportunity to take advantage of this momentum. If we lose out on our chance now, there’s no telling when another good one will, if ever.
That’s why we must all work together to ensure that the smokers in our lives better understand the differences between vaping and smoking and what making a switch could mean for them. Simply put, the more support on our side, the stronger we become.
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