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“I am not an expert. I’m a smoker who quit smoking after 41 years and started helping other people do the same. “
That’s why Mark Slis, owner of Houghton, Mitch’s 906 Vapor, says he’s talking about food and drug administration handling – or “mishandling” – vaping regulations.
He is one of the few small business owners to be at the forefront of the debate between banning vaping, smoking and tobacco use and mitigating risks.
Amanda Wheeler is another. He owns a small, independent vaping business that started out as a single 400-square-foot shop that sells his home-made vaping liquid. Today, Zevapes e-Liquid has seven stores across Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma, as well as a manufacturing facility.
And, like Slys, he was a former smoker who used vaping to break his habit.
“My husband and I have been lifelong smokers – we both started in our teens – and over the years we’ve both tried our best to quit smoking. We were never able to, “said Wheeler.” I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma when I was nineteen, and I had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation for about a year. There are clear memories like, ‘What are you doing?’ But after the cancer treatment, I still smoke for ten more years. ”
“I tell people, ‘Cancer didn’t stop me from smoking, but vaping,'” Wheeler said.
Sliss is scheduled to speak at the E-Cigarette Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, at a gathering of VAP business owners, academics and public health professionals promoting the value of pushing smokers from traditional combustible cigarettes to new, low-risk ones. Burn “products.
Unfortunately, Wheeler says, the FDA is pushing in a different direction. It has rejected millions of premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs), many from small, independent vaping businesses. Last month the agency issued a marketing denial order for the MyBlue vaping device, along with some of its tobacco-flavored pods.
“The FDA seems determined to ban almost every vaping product currently available in the United States,” wrote Jacob Sulam, who reports on Reason Magazine’s public health issue.
Note that the manufacturers sent about 6 million PMTA to the FDA – “one for each device and e-liquid that the manufacturers wanted to launch or keep in the market” – only two device brands were approved: Vuse Solo and Logic.
Sulam called the FDA’s approach “misleading.” Slis more direct.
“The FDA’s process, as the focus of the PMTA – is collectively keeping us out of business and sending our customers back to smoking – period. It is acting as a deterrent to the independent vaping industry. “
Opponents of the vaping industry, such as the Truth Initiative, run ads that see e-cigarettes as dangerous to users’ health as traditional cigarettes, a suggestion that contradicts available data.
Wheeler said, “There are 480,000 smokers dying each year who die from the complications of cigarette smoking, from quitting.” “And for those who are unable to quit in any other way, vaping is a highly effective option that is 95 percent safer than cigarettes.
“Combustible cigarette smoke contains 7,000 carcinogens,” Wheeler notes. “Steam has zero.”
Proponents of relocating smokers to vaping do not claim that there are any health risks, but rather that the risks are much lower than with traditional smoking. And, they note, when anti-tobacco organizations push for zero smoking or vaping, the ban has been (at least) a public health failure since the 1920s.
Dr. Michael Siegel of the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University has long been a critic of the smoking and tobacco industry. He says he does not accept the FDA’s decision.
“It really looks like the FDA is going to close the door on all pod-based e-cigarettes,” Siegel said. “It’s probably 99 percent of the convenience store market. It also looks like they are only going to approve of the ‘smell’ of tobacco. It almost completely destroys the vaping point, since vapers mostly want to stay away from tobacco because it is a reminder of smoking. “
According to Siegel, “there is evidence that switching to flavored e-sigs is more effective in stopping smoking.” But the FDA and anti-smoking groups are working to prevent tin vaping, such as campaigning for tobacco-free children. The net result is an “exclusion” message that is almost certain to fail, backed by regulations to make it more difficult for smokers to access steam to try to change.
“I think the FDA and anti-tobacco groups have lost sight of the issues that plague real teens today and a few cherry vapors aren’t at the top of the list,” Seagal said.
Meanwhile, the process of getting pre-market approval for liquid and other product steam has become so difficult and expensive that only big corporate players can afford it. The ridiculous result of decades of efforts by public bodies to ban tobacco companies is a regulatory system that can only be navigated by well-paid players like those companies.
“This is going to be a great victory for Big Tobacco again,” Seagal said.
Sliss tells the story of moving to a new store that sells some of the products he’s opened in his town that he’s never heard of – electronic cigarettes.
“Twenty minutes later, I went out with a smoker. A year and a half later, I bought the business. I helped 2,000 people in our small community quit smoking. Why is the FDA trying to stop me? “