The Democrat from Connecticut currently has a bill that has been introduced to the house that is aimed at removing flavors, increasing taxes, and creating large obstacles for adults to purchase vape products.
In H.R.293, its written intent is “To prevent and reduce the use of tobacco products, and for other purposes”.
SEC 101, of the “findings” for this bill, shows that almost all supporting documents aimed to aid this bill to be passed are relying on studies and or information-gathering efforts that date back no later than 2015. In fact, most of the “research” was done before 2015.
The following is taken right out of the bill in regards to flavoring.
“(i) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in clause (ii), a tobacco product that is not a cigarette, or any component, part, or accessory of such a product, shall not contain, as a constituent (including a smoke or aerosol constituent) or additive, an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco) or an herb or spice (including menthol, strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, and coffee) that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product, tobacco smoke, or aerosol emitted from the product. Nothing in this subparagraph shall be construed to limit the Secretary’s authority to take action under this section or other provisions of this Act applicable to any artificial or natural flavor, herb, or spice not specified in this subparagraph.”
What does that mean? – This means that ALL flavors other than tobacco are subject to be banned from use in vape juice.
But here is where it gets not only confusing but also clearly shows where it ignores all recent (2015-2019) studies that have been done.
“(ii) EXCEPTIONS.—An electronic nicotine delivery system component or part shall not contain or use an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco) that is a characterizing flavor of the product or its aerosol unless the Secretary issues an order finding that a manufacturer has demonstrated that use of the characterizing flavor—
“(I) will increase the likelihood of smoking cessation among current users of tobacco products;
“(II) will not increase the likelihood of youth initiation of nicotine or tobacco products; and
“(III) will not increase the likelihood of harm to the person using the characterizing flavor.”.
Almost every study and tests have shown the massive success of vaping products to be the most effective and successful cessation product, showing 3 times more successful in getting people 100% off smoking traditional cigarettes. Why are they all being ignored by these politicians?
There is no way in product manufacturing of any industry, to be able to prevent people of any age purchasing any product in an open/free market. This responsibility has typically always fallen on to retail locations following proper laws for age verifications, as well as parents doing their jobs and actually being accountable for their child’s actions instead of blaming product manufacturers.
As far as “harm reduction” those studies by major universities both in the U.S and other countries have already proven the facts that vaping is incredibly less harmful than smoking.
However, none of that applies to the following, according to HR.293
“(i) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product or for another therapeutic purpose; and
“(ii) is marketed and sold solely for a purpose described in (i).”.
And this is where I believe we face the irreversible classification based on the pure visual of vaping alone!
Almost all these senators are well over 60 years old and know almost nothing about vaping, especially considering most of them have never smoked, they have zero interest in learning about them or there benefits.
Study after study, conducted by Ph.D.’s, MD’s, etc with employment at prestigious universities known and respected worldwide have already shown not only harm reduction evidence but as well as massive success over all other “cessation” products. But, none of those products involve blowing anything out of your mouth and that alone is the reason why their brains assume and clearly discredit all efforts did that show positive results for vape products.
They still see it like smoking.
While I agree that vape manufactures both hardware and juice, should have some level of regulation/manufacturing standards, nothing will matter in the eyes of the current members of Congress because they are too old and will not adjust or acknowledge the change.
Click here to see H.R. 293