Published on July 13th, 2016 | by Jimmy Hafrey
As the vaping debate heats up, some industry professionals are questioning the loyalties of anti-vaping advocates, and for good reason — Big Tobacco and Big Pharma are the clear winners in the regulation of the vaping industry.
An article written by Jonathon Adler for the Washington Post was released earlier this week and highlights the stark reality of the purported criticisms — and loyalties — of those against vaping as a whole. The article was written in response to anti-vaping advocates who are all too eager to celebrate FDA vaping regulations. Adler and his colleagues — Roger Meiners, Andrew Morris, and Bruce Yandle — effectively tear down the resistance to the vaping industry and expose it for its ugly truth: a barely veiled attempt at bringing Big Tobacco and Big Pharma more influence and profits by denouncing the good vaping has done.
The paper, which is forthcoming in the newest issue of the Yale Journal on Regulation, is titled “Baptists, Bootleggers & Electronic Cigarettes,” will not be available for public consumption until late in the summer of 2016. However, the points made in the early draft of the paper are worth any vapers perusal and is available, free of charge, for those who wish to read it.
This may seem like academic talk, but it affects you as a vaper directly. Within the pages of the paper, vapers will find that parent companies they’ve never heard of — such as Altria, which owns Marlboro and has joined forces with anti-smoking groups, and Reynolds — have been active participants in calling for stringent regulation of the vaping industry regardless of the implications for public health, as is the case with Reynolds and GlaxoSmithKiline. Both companies fully supported the almost choking regulations of the vaping industry, even though both have stakes in vaping companies.
So why does this matter?
It matters because people like the esteemed Professor Berman are creating the narrative that vaping is indeed bad for your health as a vaper while simultaneously creating a loophole in the law to give more money to tobacco companies. In short, tobacco companies have joined forces with pharmaceutical companies in order to create a vacuum that kills the vaping industry, thus preserving the tobacco industry as it has always been. And it’s affecting you.
As a vaper who is trying to quit smoking, does this make any sense to you? Can you sit there and justify the need for Big Tobacco and Big Pharma to join forces and tell you, unequivocally, that vaping is bad for your health — even when the science says that it’s actually better for you than smoking traditional cigarettes? Can you even make sense of it?
No, you can’t. And that’s because of one important fact — vaping is, in fact, better for your health than smoking will ever be. It is safer, less stress on the heart and provides a safer alternative for your heart than trying to quit smoking cold turkey.
This leads to the question — what do these two industries gain from this anti-vaping stance?
Money. That’s always the answer, isn’t it? Why else would Big Tobacco and Big Pharma take the time to object to the vaping industry and support stringent regulations?
They would lose money, of course, if people stopped smoking traditional cigarettes. The tax levies in each state in the US would yield less annual income, leading legislators to soften their stance and anti-vaping regulations and completely wipe out the pro-tobacco lobby coalition in Congress. Big Pharma would also lose big — fewer people would be seeking out their smoking cessation products if they could just vape.
So what does this mean for you? As a part of the vaping community, it means you have to be diligent about what you read. You have to educate yourself — not just about the vaping industry, but about the players involved and their own motivations. And it means you have to stay vigilant.
Not everything you read about vaping is true. You have to decide for yourself what is true and what is worth a second look. The article in the Washington Times should serve as a stepping stone for serious vapers — a place where you can begin your research on vaping and arrive at your own conclusion.
Just remember to share your own findings and your own views. Share them here or on other sites and let people know where you stand. We, as a nation, deserve a real discussion on vaping, so join in on the conversation. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.