The type of world we live in is the type where people's ideas are attacked by the government. Of course we all know everything is based of money. But why reduce the population for greed? Why collect money on tobacco products and then use them for Medicare that obviously isn’t working for these “smokers” who end up dying anyway of tobacco? The answer is quite clear that the money isn’t being used enough, or efficiently or else it would’ve made an impact already.
Private companies (I’m hoping the government is not involved) has taken upon themselves to help smokers, well…stop smoking tobacco. Companies like KnockOutVapor sell the new product, e-cigarettes which is a battery powered device that vaporizes e-juice or nicotine flavored liquid. There have been controversies about whether or not the e-cigarettes should be banned. The FDA has appealed courts after courts and an appellate court decision ruled that “they can regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco product, but not as aids to quit smoking”. All this information can be found in the article “The e-cigarette: A safe alternative?” on this link http://www.scsun-news.com/silver_city-health/ci_17016831. There were a few things that struck me while I read this article.
Basically the people that work for government claim e-cigarettes is not a safe alternative. They say things like it “may be some toxins in the chemicals (in the e-juice)..We also know that nicotine is a vasoconstrictor-it increases your chance of having a stroke” So does eating unhealthy food, but I don’t see the FDA trying to ban junk food. Also there was a document prepared stating the consumers had no way of knowing whether or not e-cigarettes are safe, and what types of chemicals or amount of nicotine they are inhaling. These are not valid points to decide whether or not It’s healthy or not or if it should be banned. In reality a lot consumers don’t know the full history of the product they buy, so why change now? There just trying to save the tobacco business which clearly is killing people but at the same time, the government is making billions of dollars, so who cares? It also states in the article that the e-juice was approved by the USDA and the flavors were made with kosher-grade ingredients. Even if this doesn’t convince the FDA, or whomever, Sussman, an NMSU student stated “whatever the risk of the e-cigarettes may be, they simply do not compare to the health risk of smoking cigarettes. That’s Exactly what I’m saying!
Further on it explains that in New Mexico the smoking rate reduce 17.9% and the state now has e-cigarettes which can cause people to smoke again. Really? The excuses that there coming up with is unenforceable. They claim their free cigarette-like chewing straws, and shredded coconut will help smokers to quit. And they’re “medically tested methods of quitting smoking-and cannot be said about e-cigarettes”. There little chewing straws and coconuts are haven’t much as an impact that e-cigarettes has, and it was just introduced to the market. You can only get true results from actual smokers themselves. In the article it gives example of consumers that are happy about this product and have nothing bad to say about it unlike the FDA. It even states some U.S senators and congressman are satisfied with this product.
I concluded that the government actually doesn’t want the e-cigarettes to exist because they are afraid they might lose a lot of money on tobacco products.