More Doublespeak From The FDA and Special Interest

E-cigarettes have fallen victim to some vicious attacks recently from those who are allied with pharmaceutical companies and big tobacco companies alike. The products will revolutionize the smoking industry, potentially devastating both companies that market quit-smoking aids and tobacco companies who continue to peddle their death sticks to the public. A number of invalid arguments against e-cigarettes have been made, but consumers seem to be seeing right through them.

At first, the attacks came in the form of “there are no studies supporting the assumption that e-cigarettes are safe”. When e-cigarette manufacturers sent their products off to be tested by laboratories that they paid to do so, health organizations started calling the studies biased. The manufacturers shot back that someone had to have the studies performed if the FDA and other organizations weren't going to step up to the plate and do their own research. After having ready access to the products on the shelves for months, neither the FDA or any other health organization has performed a study on the safety of e-cigarettes. Some wonder if they will ever do their own study on the products and if they will just ban them without producing any evidence that they are harmful.

Then, they were concerned about the use of nicotine being inhaled by the user. While nicotine has been in cigarettes forever and there has been plenty of time to research the long term effects of nicotine use, they claim that the safety of e-cigarettes cannot be verified without it. Apparently known to Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN, nicotine inhalers have been on the market in the United States since the mid 1990's, contradicting his statement that nicotine has never been “inhaled” before other than in cigarettes.

The most fallacious accusation made so far is the baseless argument that the products are being marketed toward children because they are a gadget and they make smoking look cool again. Unfortunately for their argument, e-cigarettes are at a starting price of around $50 to $150, depending on the brand, and most teenagers don't even pay their own cell phone bill, much less have access to a bank account, credit card, or PayPal account. All 3 of these ways to purchase require that the person be at least 18 years old, yet health organizations insist the products are marketed toward minors.

The fact that the products come in many different flavors is also being used against e-cigarettes, but with the number of other products made specifically for adults that are on the market today such as alcoholic drinks, condoms, and novelty sex products, one can only wonder where the anti-smoking-anything industry comes up with these arguments.

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