When you read the latest news coming out of any state, you will undoubtedly see something related to electronic cigarettes. In most cases, the headlines show bans, criticisms, or concerns, often coming from politicians that have never held an electronic cigarette or even read a basic article about how they work and how they have helped many smokers step away from tobacco products.
We saw a prime example of that this week when Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller spoke out about ecigs and called on the FDA to act swiftly to stop the ecig industry before it gets any larger. However, Zoeller obviously didn’t do his research because his recommendations are full of assumptions and myths that scientists have repeatedly debunked in labs around the world.
Zoeller wants the FDA to put an end to all ecig advertising across the country. But that’s not all. He also wants warning labels, age restrictions, eliquid flavor bans, and even a law that bans all online ecig sales. In essence, he wants to kill a multibillion dollars industry without even getting the facts about who is buying ecigs and why.
“It’s hard to believe we are willing to sit back and watch our children develop addictive smoking habits, after we’ve fought so hard to reduce youth smoking and tobacco use in America,” he said. “Providing the same regulation of e-cigarettes as we do other tobacco products is critical to stop this new trend in its tracks.”
What Zoeller fails to realize is that ecigs are not targeting youth. They are designed to target adult smokers who can’t quit tobacco despite repeated attempts. The vast majority of vapers are former smokers that desperately wanted to be tobacco-free and ecigs were the method they used to reach that goal.
Zoeller wants the FDA to treat the ecigs like tobacco products, but they are actually no tobacco products at all. “My focus remains on the public health risks associated with rising e-cigarette use among Indiana’s teens,” he said. “In my role as consumer protection advocate, I will continue to urge for stronger regulation of these products with addictive properties and other unknown health effects.”
Does it concern you when politicians publicly call on the FDA to clamp down on vaping? Do you think the FDA will soon release official regulations?