The top story on my news feed tonight is titled State vaping
bans spur a backlash from anti-tobacco advocates.
Yup. Massachusetts didn't just ban flavored eliquids as early rhetoric stated was the intention. They banned everything
. All the things. I
can't find clarification but the wording I have found states that the ban is on "all vaping products" so I tend to suspect that this doesn't just mean
eliquids, flavored or not, but possibly the hardware involved as well such as replacement coils and tanks.
The linked article includes the States justification
for this move...
The governor's office said that 61 cases of potential lung disease related to vaping have been reported in Massachusetts alone.
Sixty-one people. A four month, emergency, 100% ban that took effect immediately...
Look. I hate that there are sixty one people sick. I honestly do. The last thing I want is for anyone
to suffer. Full stop. I'm empathetic to a
fault about these things.
The thing is that there's not enough known yet to justify a reaction. The propaganda is ramping up and already muddying the waters on the issue but
early reports all suggested that the deaths and illnesses were being caused by prefilled, black market THC pods.
However for the sake of argument, let's take that off the table. Let's play Devil's advocate and say that all of the deaths and illnesses were caused
by straight, store bought nicotine eliquid - flavored or otherwise.
It still remains that a massive number of people who vape are former cigarette smokers. Many, including myself, with decades of cigarette use just
recently put behind them. Last year, before I quit, I discussed the idea with my cardiologist ( I did not mention vaping at the time ) and he warned
me that smoking cessation, if I chose to quit, could
cause some potentially dangerous short term health risks as my body adjusted and weened
away from the chemicals.
Obviously he was supportive that I wanted to quit. But he was clear that I should do so under doctor's care.
I can't help but wonder if any of these illnesses being cited in the great vaping scare are actually the result of long term smokers quitting their
habits? If so, how many?
Another thing I wonder about is how many people got temporarily sick during the switch because they didn't adequately research things and wound up
making mistakes like ordering and overusing liquids with extremely high nicotine levels? It's something I was clueless about at first and my initial
thought, as a chronic smoker, was that I'd likely need the strongest liquid available. It was only after a lot of reading that I learned that if I
used the stronger liquids I'd have to moderate my intake and only use the vaping device sparingly - and that if I wanted to replicate my physical
smoking behaviors ( picking a thing up every few minutes out of habit ) that I'd need a liquid with much, much lower nicotine levels.
Learning to use the mods is also a bit of trial and error. Finding the right settings in terms of voltages and temperatures can be a bit tedious at
first - so I wonder how many people purchased a vape mod, set it up incorrectly and then wound up in an ER because they poured WAY too much heat into
their lungs via user end error and lack of knowledge? Do events such as those wind up in this list of people who got sick?
I have questions. A lot of questions.
Not the least of which being to ask why vaping is being targeted for what is statistically a small number of deaths and illnesses when products like
cigarettes and alcohol are not? To be clear, I'm not saying "Ban my thing? Well then they have to ban yours TOO!" - I'm saying "We should not ban any
of these things because we are adults and they are basically all in the same category.
Every month or two I read a story about energy drinks being blamed for deaths and illnesses. Why is that any different?
Fast food causes substantial issues in regard to health via salts and fats.
Like I said. I have questions.
My personal views as to why this is happening are pretty simple. I think that the 90 billion dollar a year tobacco industry doesn't like competition
and that they've been side-eying the 4 billion dollar and growing vape industry for awhile now. Big Tobacco spends a LOT of money to own lawmakers and
I imagine they were beginning to feel like they weren't getting returns on that investment of late.
The whores in Congress are game because vaping isn't currently taxed and there's nothing like a witch hunt to justify a slew of new regulations -
regulations that can then be used to slap a massive luxury tax onto things to "pay for" all those new regulations.
Oh and here's a fun "what if"... What if a national ban happens? Well then the tobacco companies could then move in and corner the vape market while
it's non-existent and there is no competition. Then they could call their pet Congresspersons and say "Hey, you can lift that ban now guys! Also you
can slap taxes on all the things! Oh and here's the kicker... We're going to start selling the EXACT same products you banned, but now we're raising
the price on those items by 500% because we CAN!"
That "what if" is less of a thought experiment and more of a "I think this is what's about to happen" kind of thing. I think that, as a person who
vapes, the bottle of eliquid I paid $20 for last month will soon become unavailable for awhile but then will reappear... Just for $60 plus a few bucks
in luxury taxes.
I'll be angry. I'll think "One of the things that helped me quit was the fact that I'd save money and now vaping costs as much as smoking does???"
Then I'll smile a disgusted smile and think "Oh. Yeah. Probably the entire point" as I decide what to do next. Keep vaping? Go back to smoking? Quit
entirely and risk being the most irritated and curmudgeonly old man in America?
Maybe I already am because my gut feeling here is that the catalyst for this witch hunt is that Barron got busted vaping. That's really what I think.
My theory is that Melania found out, raged to Donald about it and Trump did what he does - turned it into a full on media circus.
Before anyone types TDS CUCK LULZ - I also saw Rashida Tlaib's little sh*tshow on the subject and she's no better.
I've got enough ass for all of these idiots to kiss.
The whole situation just blows my mind and enrages me.
So... Rant done.
edit on 9/26/19 by Hefficide because: Apparently I am addicted to typos and nicotine both