In what may be it's push into the endgame for e-Cigarettes, the FDA announced public comments will come to a close on December 8th for "Non-Face-to-Face Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products and Advertising, Promotion, and Marketing of Tobacco Products." The FDA will be considering in the very near future what actions to take to regulate how tobacco products (including new-fangled devices like e-cigarettes) and how they are marketed.E-cigs are a predominantly online phenomenon, offering harm reduction in the order of around 99%. You'd think a governmental body would be ecstatic about them, wouldn't you?SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to obtain information related to the regulation of non-face-to-face sale and distribution of tobacco products and the advertising, promotion, and marketing of tobacco products. FDA is taking this action as part of its implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). FDA is requesting comments, data, research, or other information related to non-face-to-face sale and distribution of tobacco products; the advertising, promotion, and marketing of such products; and the advertising of tobacco products via the Internet, e-mail, direct mail, telephone, smart phones, and other communication technologies that can be directed to specific recipients.As you're probably aware since you're here online, most good e-cigarettes come from the Internet, not local merchants.
Depending on how the FDA regulates e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, the offline versions may become the only things we can get.
But then, they're not made by pharmaceutical companies, so a 100% figure is the only acceptable one. Please just forget the well documented risks associated with pharma products like Champix at this point. It's vital you do so, or else the carefully crafted corporate suspension of belief shatters, the whole house of public health cards comes crashing down, and you'll never trust a politician or furrow-browed health professional again!
So here we are with a US governmental agency using every means at its disposal to prohibit something which millions use as an alternative to smoking, despite their general mantra that smoking should be avoided at all costs. Many have given up entirely thanks to 'vaping', whilst a vast number of others alternate between e-cigs and tobacco, but still effectively reduce their intake of a plant that governments worldwide have sworn to eradicate.
Now then, children. What do you think the 2.5 million users in the US are likely to do when vaping becomes all but impossible in the 'Land of the Free'?
Get your money into US tobacco stocks sharpish, I'd say, there's likely to be an imminent bounce in share prices if the FDA get their way.
Meanwhile, the EU - as explained by The Ashtray - continue to maintain a ban on snus which is deeply harmful, and will almost certainly get round to banning e-cigs at some point.
They tell us that smoking kills half of those who partake - that's the regularly touted figure, remember. Their 'evidence', not mine. Yet millions upon millions of people around the world are having their harm reduction choices reduced, seemingly to protect pharmaceutical company profits. Well, it's either that or superlatively retarded decision-making from politicians. You decide.
And they say tobacco companies are evil? Those who spout that garbage should look at their own methods of mass murder before casting stones at others. The message really is "Quit (the right way), or die".
If you're from over the pond, you might want to tell the FDA precisely what you think of their crashingly stupid idea here. Nicely, of course. They may well be weapons grade bell ends but I don't think they'd look kindly on being reminded of the fact.
Meanwhile, the rest of us can feel safe in the knowledge that we're firmly on the side of the angels if this is the level of 'care' such obsessed, hysterical, corporatist freaks aspire to.