Possible FDA Ban on E-Cigarettes is Wrong Move


The FDA is now moving towards banning a smoking alternative that could save many lives. Every year, millions of smokers like my wife try and fail to quit, because they are nicotine addicts. Many later die of smoking-related illnesses, which are caused by the smoke, not the nicotine. The obvious solution is to give smokers access to less hazardous products that provide the nicotine they crave without the deadly smoke, like chewing tobacco, or, better yet, electronic cigarettes or snus. (Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, deliver nicotine in a vapor instead of much more harmful tobacco smoke).

The FDA is now moving towards banning e-cigarettes, reports syndicated columnist Jacob Sullum. Cigarettes, which contain lots of toxins and cancer-causing agents, aren’t banned, but the FDA wants to ban e-cigarettes, which contain infinitely-smaller amounts of carcinogens, complaining that e-cigarettes contain “detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users could potentially be exposed” (emphasis added).”

As public-health expert, and tobacco-industry critic, Michael Siegel notes, this is terrible reasoning by the FDA, since all tobacco replacement products now on the market contain small but “detectable” amounts of known carcinogens. The FDA used to be more reluctant to block smoking alternatives that have small or imaginary risks, but that seems to be changing over the last year.

A bill supported by the nation’s largest cigarette maker that was signed into law earlier this year by Obama will keep producers of smokeless tobacco from truthfully telling smokers about the fact that smoking is more dangerous to their health than smokeless tobacco. That will harm public health, as advocates like Bill Godshall of Smoke Free Pennsylvania have noted.

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) wants to ban E-cigarettes even if the FDA does not. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, ;is appalled: “This is about as idiotic and irrational an approach as I have ever seen in my 22 years in tobacco control and public health,” he wrote on his blog. “A public policy maker who touts himself as being a champion of the public’s health [is] demanding that we ban what is clearly a much safer cigarette than those on the market, but that we allow, protect, approve, and institutionalize the really toxic ones.”

This isn’t the only thing bad happening on the public-health front. The opportunity for meaningful health-care reform is being squandered.

One of Obama’s own advisers says the Obama Administration’s health-care plan will harm people with insurance while raising their taxes. CNN says Obamacare will take away 5 freedoms. It will also destroy many affordable health-care plans while breaking Obama’s campaign promises.

The health-care “reform” bills backed by the Administration perversely exempt illegal aliens from the health-insurance taxes and obligations imposed on citizens, effectively giving them preferential treatment. The bills’ drafters do not deny that they would exempt illegal aliens from such taxes and obligations. However, they do claim that illegal aliens also would also not be eligible for the bills’ “public option” health-coverage plan. That reassurance is illusory, since the bills’ drafters blocked the only effective means of verifying whether beneficiaries are in fact illegal aliens. Even the liberal Houston Chronicle has noted the “lack of a mechanism for verifying” eligibility by illegal aliens.

While America’s health-care system is very expensive, it is much better at treating and detecting several common forms of cancer than many European health-care systems. The Administration’s health-care proposals put these successes in jeopardy, yet they would increase health-care costs even further, while failing to provide health-care coverage as cheap or as universal as in Europe.
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7 responses to “Possible FDA Ban on E-Cigarettes is Wrong Move

  1. I was able to quit smoking completely using e-cigarettes and within a couple of weeks even stopped using the e-cigarette. This is crazy. The chemicals in them is much less than in a cigarette. I will be writing to this senator.

  2. The electronic cigarette is definitely an option for those who wish to have an alternative to smoking tobacco. The fact that there is no combustion alone makes the product a better alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

    It really is a shame that the FDA has left it’s position of protecting consumers to protecting those who help foot the ever growing financial needs of the agency.

    Hopefully, intelligent Americans will read articles such as this and determine for themselves that the information being disseminated via the mass media is not what it is cracked up to be and that the FDA, with the help of so called public health organizations, are actually suggesting to people that they smoke tobacco cigarettes or use the FDA approved “quit smoking devices” that contain carcinogens and offer a quick route to suicide.

  3. Greed and profit is all this is about, thats what the FDA, Congressman and the Lobbyist care about, not the health of their fellow americans, the lives that could and would be saved if they were given the option of using a product like the electronic cigarette.
    I was a smoker for 38 years, never able to kick this nasty habit till I was introduced to the e-cigarette, I am now smoke free with no desire to return to tabacoo and all the horrible things that its made off.
    The selling of tabacco products lines the pockets of many, the saving of lives does not, have you ever asked yourself who makes up the FDA, who they and the Lobbyist represent, its obviously not us. come on people, start standing up for yourself, even if your not nor ever been a smoker, you are and have been subjected to second hand smoke, these electronic cigarettes benefit you as well.

  4. you are 100% correct
    i love my e-cig and i will NOT go back to slowly killing myself no matter what my government wants, they realy want you to die for your government dont they? so if your not gonna die in a war that our government probably started anyway, then give us money and we will kill you with cigs
    either way it seems that the FDA wants smokers sick so they can make more money, well ill give up my e-cig when they claw the flesh off of my hands remove the bones of my fingers and take it away and then to there dismay i will sit and nic out but i will not take there filthy cancer sticks like the last poster said stand up for yourselves even if your a non-smoker, dont turn your backs and say well it dosent matter to me.
    it might not this time but if they succefully rid us of our right to choose to smoke e-cigs what rights do you suppose they will try to take away next, land of the free indeed, think ill go buy a few cartons of marbs and throw them off a bridge,
    if you read your history books you already know what happens after that lol
    but on a serious note i think we need to make the “high ups” realize that if there is a ban that imo anyway everyone who dies from tabboco related sickness should be 1 more count of murder on them, our blood will be on there hands

  5. Why don’t they ban the FSC cigarette? They are TOXIC! The Ethylene Vinyl Acetate in them is enough to make someone very deathly ill. It made me very ill. I went to the Dr to find out I had toxic levels of this stuff in my system. I have never been as sick as I was then. Thousands of complaints are coming in about these things. When is the FDA going to take control of that situation? The idiots of the FSC Coalition are going our State to State as we speak trying to get these things passed in other states!! They are killing people by pushing these laws. I wonder how embarrassed they will be to learn they cost the insurance and people millions of dollars in medical bills, not to mention the poor fool who doesn’t know this is why he is sick. It is time to remove these types of cigs off the shelf. Join in the fight against FSC cigarettes.

  6. We all should recognize by now that none of these alphabet agencies were created to serve the publics best interest but the best interst of an elite corporate group.
    An intersting article in Time Magazine from 1942
    Medicine: Air Germicide shows that test prove propylene glycol vapor when inhauled kills virus in the lungs. Propylene glycol
    being one of the main components of e-cigarrets vapor-
    With this product saving lives from tobacco caused illness such as cancer etc.. you have the added benifit
    of killing flu virus and other disease -so another wild card to be looked at is eugenics or simply population control-the amount of lives this product saves may be a factor as to why its being attaked.
    Watch the video Endgame online for more info

  7. Even if they make possession of an E-cig a capital felony
    I would still enjoy my e-cig -

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