FDA launches “parasites” anti-vaping marketing campaign
The Meals and Drug Administration continues to pump sources 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 photos that present teenagers with what appears like exaggerated parasites below their pores and skin, and captions akin to “There’s an epidemic spreading”. The implication is that vaping is a illness, and whereas there’s no direct suggestion that e-cigarettes really do trigger disfiguring facial parasites, the suggestion is there.
Different parts of the so-called “actual value” marketing campaign embrace a sequence of TV adverts that includes avenue magician Julius Dein. In one of many movies Dein says that vaping makes youngsters extra more likely to begin smoking, claiming that “It’s not magic, it’s statistics.” In reality it’s a complete failure to know that correlation doesn’t equal causation; teenagers who vape are extra more likely to smoke, however that’s as a result of they have been already predisposed to doing each. There isn’t any proof for a “gateway impact” from vaping to smoking, and no smart strategies about why there could be one.
Kentucky lawmakers suggest vape tax
One more US state is pushing for “sin” taxes on tobacco hurt discount, as three Kentucky state politicians suggest to convey vapour merchandise into line with cigarettes. Worryingly, the tax was proposed by three Republicans. Till a yr or so in the past Republicans have been usually supportive of vaping, whereas Democrats pushed for harder rules. Now, GOP politicians appear to be more and more hostile too.
If the invoice is handed, Kentuckians might be hit with a 27.5% wholesale tax – essentially the most harmful type of tax, as a result of vape outlets need to pay it on all their inventory earlier than they make a sale. An identical tax in Pennsylvania compelled a whole lot of outlets to shut in its first yr.
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 by way of the Senate. In accordance with Miller the invoice will each deter individuals from utilizing reduced-harm merchandise and lift about $35 million a yr in tax – a scenario he calls “a basic win-win situation”.
Wisconsin docs declare vaping guilty for sick teenagers
Medical doctors in Wisconsin are frightened by a cluster of eight youngsters affected by a mysterious, progressive lung illness – and so they’re blaming vaping for the scenario. They don’t even have any proof that vaping is guilty, however since when did that ever cease anybody?
Wisconsin Division of Well being Companies says the teenagers all confirmed comparable signs, which included coughing, fatigue and shortness of breath. Some have 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 linked to one another.
Not realizing the trigger, WisDHS have been in search of widespread elements, and so they’ve provide you with vaping. They haven’t dominated out all different widespread elements, however they’ve already rushed to place the blame on e-cigarettes. One “well being professional” 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 taking place 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 seek out precise proof. Each claimed that “we don’t want any extra research,” whereas Tlaib went on to accuse JUUL of killing individuals.
In complete the 2 congresswomen ranted for 2 and a half hours, with out contributing something helpful to the talk. Dr Lynn Kozlowski of Buffalo College College of Public Well being mentioned lately, “wanting no little one to vape doesn’t justify evasion or misinformation on differential harms of merchandise that they need to ‘not use,’ however are utilizing.”