In my opinion the answer is simple; they are heavily influenced by politics, and the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries – plain and simple. Many of the same companies that hide under the guise of public safety are partly funded by these very same industries. I don’t claim that electronic cigarettes are 100% healthy, although that is still largely unknown, or are the answer to all our problems when it comes to smoking. What I am saying is they have shown undoubtedly the potential to be, so why not investigate and be proactive considering the possible rewards?

 

It is no secret that politicians receive contributions from big business like pharma and tobacco. To add to the conflict of interest they also have the added benefit of the taxes raised by traditional cigarettes sales – taxes that they claim are designed to partly discourage smokers through higher prices, but this move only stands to make tax an even larger (and more depended upon) part of the revenue stream for both federal and state governments. In essence it is feeding their addiction to this type of tax for survival. Tell me, have you ever seen a toll removed from a highway or exit ramp, even after its revenue has paid for its construction? If consumer health is their primary concern, than pushing for pre-mature bans or hiking taxes without truly examining the facts is not the proper perspective.

 

Now while I’m obviously an advocate for electronic cigarettes and openly have a dog in the fight, I completely support the fact that e-cigs need to have some regulations associated with their sale and I strongly believe that further testing has to be done to ensure the safety of the consumer, of which I am one. In the end, consumers should be their own best advocates and the steady rise in popularity shows that many are. Anti-smoking advocates and governments would be well advised to take notice, and not simply fold in the face of zealots.

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