The E-Cigarette Ban: A Win for Liars and Big Tobacco | Dr. Steven J. Allen


Hi, I’m Dr. Steven J. Allen, Vice President and Chief
Investigative Officer at the Capital Research Center. Back in May, the Food and Drug
Administration announced that it was assuming regulatory power
over electronic cigarettes. The justification was that e-cigs are
tobacco products, which the FDA has the legislative authority to regulate. The problem
is e-cigs don’t actually contain tobacco. The FDA regulations ban sales
to anyone under 18, but that was already being done in most states. And, the regs
impose all sorts of other restrictions on advertising, packaging, and so forth. Here’s where Big Tobacco comes in. The
regulations make virtually all e-cig products, even those currently on the
market, subject to government approval. If they’re not approved by bureaucrats,
they’re banned. The cost of approval for an e-cig product may be as high as
$2-$10 million per item. That’s an impossible burden for an industry
dominated by small manufacturers, and shops. Of course this approval process
will be less damaging for big tobacco, companies like Altria formerly Philip
Morris, Reynolds American, Imperial Brands. These mega corporations have their own
versions of e-cigs, and they have the financial resources to cover the costs
that small businesses can’t afford. By the way, one of the people fighting to
keep these regs is a member of Congress, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who recently
resigned as Democratic Party Chairman after she and her staff were caught
colluding with the Hillary Clinton campaign to defeat Bernie Sanders. And
while e-cigs are not perfectly safe, they’re much less of a health threat
than old-fashioned combustible cigarettes. Except for nicotine, users of
e-cigs are exposed to none of the roughly 7,000 chemicals associated with
real cigarettes. E-cigs contain none of the chemicals associated with emphysema,
none of the 60 chemicals in cigarettes that are classified as cancer-causing
agents. Public Health England, a government agency in the United Kingdom,
concluded that e-cigs are 95% safer than cigarettes. The Royal Academy of
Physicians reached the same conclusion. As e-cigs became more popular among teens
in the U.S., their use of real cigarettes felt 42-percent in four years. What happens when you restrict e-cigs?
Smoking rates among 12 to 17 year-olds increased in states that banned e-cig sales
to minors, up almost 12%. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention under the US Department of Health and Human Services, refuted this
by claiming that overall tobacco use by middle and high school students hasn’t
declined since 2011. You know how they reached that conclusion? They classified
e-cigs, which contain no tobacco, as tobacco products! Bureaucrats lying? who’da thunk it. It’s time our government
starts thinking rationally about e-cigs, and gets out of the way of proven harm
reduction strategies, rather than continuing to protect big business and
big tobacco.