Trumplethinskin has said the FDA should ban “flavoured” vaping products. His “ban”, however, is only against flavoured nicotine packs, not vaping in general. That won’t be affected, not when Altria (formerly Philip Morris) invested US$1.2 billion in Juul and invested who-knows-how-many millions on republicans. The FDA has sent out warning letters to Juul and others, holding them accountable for their actions. Now let’s see Annoying Orange do something about enacting gun control.
The owners of Juul were liars from the beginning. Their “flavoured” poison was always aimed at children, despite their lies and denials. Every examination of their advertising confirms this. They used “barely legal” 19 years olds to market vaping to kids, in much the same way pornographers market “barely legal” 19 years olds to middle aged men. The FTC has fined google US$170 million for targeted advertising aimed at children and data collection, but the this should include a ban on all nicotine-based products online, the same way all tobacco advertising has been banned from TV, radio and print media.
The number of nicotine addicts worldwide went from five million in 2011 to nearly fifty million today, thanks in large part to advertising to children, and to addicts’ rationalizations of their selfish behaviour. They say, “I’m not smoking, I’m vaping!” as they smoke in places where it’s illegal or on private property where the owners don’t allow smoking.
“Vaping devices” are nothing more than portable hookah pipes, and the addicts are vaper brains. It’s still smoking, and it’s still toxic both to the user and the environement (re: plastic waste, batteries). All tobacco products should be banned since they are a massive contributor to climate change and toxification of farmland. Once land has been used for growing tobacco, you can’t grow food there. It’s single crop farming, not rotational, so the soil becomes depleted of nutrients and desertification begins without massive overuse of fertilizers and pesticides. The tobacco plant is one species that humans should try to render extinct or at least criminalize its use outside of science.