FDA launches “parasites” anti-vaping marketing campaign
The Meals and Drug Administration continues to pump assets into attacking tobacco hurt discount. The most recent transfer is a brand new advert marketing campaign that includes a sequence of controversial movies, backed up by alarmist posters about supposed dangers of vaping.
One a part of the marketing campaign that’s notably troubling is a sequence of pictures that present teenagers with what appears like exaggerated parasites beneath their pores and skin, and captions corresponding to “There’s an epidemic spreading”. The implication is that vaping is a illness, and whereas there’s no direct suggestion that e-cigarettes truly do trigger disfiguring facial parasites, the suggestion is there.
Different parts of the so-called “actual value” marketing campaign embody a sequence of TV adverts that includes avenue magician Julius Dein. In one of many movies Dein says that vaping makes youngsters extra prone to begin smoking, claiming that “It’s not magic, it’s statistics.” The truth is it’s a complete failure to know that correlation doesn’t equal causation; teenagers who vape are extra prone to smoke, however that’s as a result of they had been already predisposed to doing each. There isn’t a proof for a “gateway impact” from vaping to smoking, and no smart solutions about why there could be one.
Kentucky lawmakers suggest vape tax
Yet one more US state is pushing for “sin” taxes on tobacco hurt discount, as three Kentucky state politicians suggest to deliver vapour merchandise into line with cigarettes. Worryingly, the tax was proposed by three Republicans. Till a 12 months or so in the past Republicans had been typically supportive of vaping, whereas Democrats pushed for more durable laws. Now, GOP politicians appear to be more and more hostile too.
If the invoice is handed, Kentuckians will likely be hit with a 27.5% wholesale tax – probably the most harmful sort of tax, as a result of vape retailers must pay it on all their inventory earlier than they make a sale. An identical tax in Pennsylvania pressured a whole bunch of outlets to shut in its first 12 months.
The invoice is being sponsored by state consultant Jerry Miller of Louisville, and Rep. Kim Moser says she’ll co-sponsor it. In the meantime state senator Julie Raque Adams says she’ll push a companion invoice via the Senate. In keeping with Miller the invoice will each deter folks from utilizing reduced-harm merchandise and lift about $35 million a 12 months in tax – a state of affairs he calls “a basic win-win situation”.
Wisconsin docs declare vaping accountable for sick teenagers
Medical doctors in Wisconsin are apprehensive by a cluster of eight youngsters affected by a mysterious, progressive lung illness – and so they’re blaming vaping for the state of affairs. They don’t even have any proof that vaping is accountable, however since when did that ever cease anybody?
Wisconsin Division of Well being Companies says the kids all confirmed related signs, which included coughing, fatigue and shortness of breath. Some had been additionally nauseous or suffered chest pains. Well being officers have dominated out an infectious illness, as a result of not one of the victims are related to one another.
Not understanding the trigger, WisDHS have been in search of widespread components, and so they’ve provide you with vaping. They haven’t dominated out all different widespread components, however they’ve already rushed to place the blame on e-cigarettes. One “well being skilled” even claimed that vaping is “simply as harmful if no more harmful” than smoking cigarettes. It doesn’t appear to have occurred to them that this outbreak of “vaping-related” lung illness is solely occurring in Wisconsin, regardless of teen vaping supposedly being a USA-wide epidemic.
Radical Democrats launch anti-vaping rant in Congress
Two far-left Democrat congresswomen, half of the infamous “Squad” of utmost socialists within the US Home of Representatives, have used a Home committee to assault vaping and e-cigarette producers.
On Wednesday the Home Subcommittee on Financial and Client Coverage held a listening to into the position of JUUL Labs within the so-called “vaping epidemic”, which has principally been created by media hysteria. Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley each blasted the corporate with a volley of harsh criticism, rejecting any try to search out precise proof. Each claimed that “we don’t want any extra research,” whereas Tlaib went on to accuse JUUL of killing folks.
In complete the 2 congresswomen ranted for 2 and a half hours, with out contributing something helpful to the controversy. Dr Lynn Kozlowski of Buffalo College Faculty of Public Well being stated not too long ago, “wanting no baby to vape doesn’t justify evasion or misinformation on differential harms of merchandise that they need to ‘not use,’ however are utilizing.”