Another state is set to take away one of the most important parts of what makes vaping so effective
All across the world, governments are simultaneously facing the decision of how to properly regulate e-cigarettes. While it was understandable at first, being a relatively new phenomenon, these days there’s no lack of peer-reviewed evidence which supports the smoking cessation and harm reduction value of vaporizers. It’s clear the requisite information is available if you only take a look at countries such as the UK which have utilized vaping for amazing results. Unfortunately the same cannot be said everywhere, as most legislators have instead chosen to vilify e-cigarettes as merely another form of nicotine and tobacco.
This is precisely what’s happening in Connecticut, as state Senators are currently pushing a plan which would ban nearly all e-liquid flavors from being sold in the state. The vaping community has decried this plan as misguided and ultimately working against the state’s intended goals. Regardless, it seems that vapers in Connecticut will soon be faced with the lousy choice between learning to love tobacco flavors vapor, or what experts say is more likely, reverting back to smoking cigarettes.
Latest Flavor Ban
The new session of government has brought some changes across the country. In Connecticut, Senate Democrats are currently working on several pieces of legislation to further their platform goals. One of these measures seeks to significantly limit the types of flavored e-liquids which are available for sale in the state. There was a lot of support for this move, with several prominent members voicing their support. This included Senate President Martin M. Looney (D- New Haven) who believes e-cigarette makers are purposefully making products that attract teens, completely discrediting the idea adults also enjoy sweet flavors. Even the Minority Leader, Robert Duff was for the plan, calling vaping “a real public health crisis.”
Not much was said about how and when they were planning on implementing these regulations, but given their current support, it should be safe to assume they’re coming at some point this year. As for the extent of the flavor ban, we haven’t gotten any word, but if it’s similar to other flavor bans passed in America, it will likely make all e-liquid flavors except menthol and tobacco illegal for sale both online and in store. If this comes to pass, research indicates it will actually give a sizeable advantage to Big Tobacco instead of combating teenage vaping. That’s what a report published by Yale University’s Dr. John Buckell said. Dr. Buckell and his team concluded if vaping flavors are banned, it would most likely lead to a 5% increase in tobacco sales, while a ban of menthol cigarettes could actually reduce Big Tobacco sales by 10% in just a year.
Should We Support Vaping?
In addition to the Yale report, there’s been plenty of peer-reviewed studies which indicate vaping is an incredibly useful harm reduction and smoking cessation tool. Since it was first reported back in 2015 by Public Health England, researchers have repeatedly concluded e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer than smoking cigarettes. Even as recently as December, we got a study which found e-liquid vapor contains around 93% fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke. But to truly understand how much is at stake, consider the report which found the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is around 57,000 times higher than a demographically similar vaper.
But there’s almost just as much evidence supporting vaping as a smoking cessation tool. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Louisville wanted to determine the best device or method for ending dependence on tobacco. After testing all the most common choices, ranging from cold turkey through prescription drugs, the team concluded it was vaping which has the best chance of facilitating a successful attempt. But it goes even further. For those worried about the impact on teens, a massive poll of over 60,000 students concluded that only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up vaping on a regular basis. That means a lot fewer are ever ending up smokers because of vaping.
It’s unfortunate that despite the growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence, many legislators seem hell-bent on heavily restricting the vaping industry. It’s even more frustrating when you see places such as the UK reaping the fruits of legitimizing vaping, with their smoking rates reaching all-time lows. Regardless, now is not the time to give up our fight. If vaping is ever going to reach its full potential as a harm reduction and smoking cessation tool, we must work to spread all the positive information about vaping to those around us. So the only way to protect our vaping rights is by getting more people on board, plain and simple.
Are you surprised another state is about to ban e-liquid flavors? Do you think flavor bans have a negative impact on society? How can we better support vaping among the general public? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.