Finally a break for the beleaguered cigarette industry. Poor guys. Nice to see the FDA pushing nicotine addicts back toward old fashioned Marlboros. I mean, with vaping one can avoid getting sick. And what’s smoking without the hacking cough and eventual painful death?
And by the way I feel a certain obligation to share this with our readers who smoke. I smoked for 10 years, I’ve quit for almost as long. One can quit. It can be done. The best advice I ever got was to extend the period of time between each cigarette gradually. Don’t feel guilty about having a smoke. Just make sure the next time you do it’s a little longer between cigarettes. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat. One day you wake up and you go through the day without a smoke. Then one day you forget about smoking for the most part.
The FDA’s censorship and its ban on innovation will discourage smokers from switching to vaping, even though that switch would dramatically reduce the health risks they face. That effect will be compounded by the FDA’s requirement that manufacturers obtain its approval for any vaping products they want to keep on the market for longer than two years. The cost of meeting that requirement will force many companies out of business and force those that remain to shrink their offerings, dramatically reducing competition and variety.
All of this is unambiguously bad for consumers and bad for public health. Yet the FDA took none of it into account when it estimated the costs imposed by its regulations, simply assuming that good intentions would ensure good results.