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The Anti-E-Cigarette Conspiracy

Why do bodies concerned with public health want to block smokers’ best chance of quitting?

In the article recently posted on National Review states that smoking tobacco products are extremely detrimental to your health. So why doesn’t FDA-approve of electronic cigarettes? Is this to protect you or is there more behind this issue?

Big health nonprofits agencies are using tricks and manipulation tactics to equalize tobacco products and electronic cigarettes. The question on everyone’s mind is what do they get out of it? Can the leaders of these health bodies be so ignorant? Or are there darker forces at work: Are the CDC and the FDA, perhaps, concerned more with abetting the collection of cigarette taxes than with saving smokers?

Dr. Gilbert Ross, medical director of the American Council on Science and Health gives his insight on this issue.‏
Read this article for more details on this ongoing struggle. To vape, or not to vape: that is the question?



By Gilbert Ross
March 12, 2014

Anyone with a modicum of knowledge regarding public health will agree that the most important, devastating, and preventable threat to human health we face is cigarettes. Smokers trying to quit have an extremely difficult time: Less than 10 percent succeed without help, and the various FDA-approved products are of little help, if any. Over the past few years, a new technology has been taken up by millions seeking an escape from deadly smoke: electronic cigarettes (e-cigs, also known as ENDS, electronic nicotine-delivery systems).
Despite the complete absence of any evidence or even report of harm from vaping, a bizarre trend seems to be sweeping the land, wherein towns, cities, and states are enacting measures to ban, restrict, or tax e-cigs as if they were actually cigarettes. The rationales for such misguided, harmful regulation vary from locale to locale, politician to politician. But the fount of all these measures is unquestionably the federal agencies charged with the custodianship of our public health.

The FDA initially tried to bar e-cigs from even entering the country in 2009, but it was slapped down by a federal judge who accurately pointed out that nothing in the new law that gave tobacco oversight to the agency addressed e-cigs. Perhaps out of spite, the FDA has continued to warn smokers not to even try vaping as a cessation method. The FDA’s partner in such malfeasance, the CDC, has stooped to manipulating youth tobacco-survey data to promote the anti-e-cig agenda, loudly alerting concerned parents that e-cig use among teens had doubled between 2011 and 2012.

The World Health Organization predicts that 1 billion lives will be lost to cigarettes this century, if current trends go unchanged. Everyone concerned with tobacco and health has been on tenterhooks since last November, awaiting the FDA’s long-overdue ruling on how it plans to regulate e-cigarettes. The agency has the power to be flexible and maintain the current vibrant, innovative market — or it could “deem” e-cigs to be tobacco products, effectively banning them, which would be a catastrophe.

One thing is certain: This misguided, harmful crusade against e-cigarettes is clearly detrimental to America’s public health. While long-term randomized clinical trials are desirable, the matter is too urgent and important to require these lengthy and expensive studies prior to market approval. In fact, those who demand a prior evidence before approval should be made aware that the effects of this type of regulation would be doubly destructive: Smokers would lose access for years to their best hope of quitting, and Big Tobacco will be the sole survivor after years of trials prove what we can plainly see now.

E-cigarettes have the potential to save millions of lives, and those who would impede smokers’ access to them — or to truthful information about them — are, in fact, killing smokers.