Amid soaring COVID cases, wildfires, and social unrest, CA Gov. Newsom ghoulishly adds to death toll by banning flavored vapes

Just hours after both houses of the California State Congress passed a bill to ban the sales of flavored vapes statewide, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 793 into law. By a vote of 34-0 in the Senate with six senators abstaining, the bill was previously by the Assembly earlier in the week with a 50-0 vote and 30 representatives abstaining. 

Through their coordinated efforts, both houses of the democrat-majority congress and Gov. Newsom – also a democrat – have just created a new and alarmingly high level of health risk that may negatively affect tens of thousands of California lives. 

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To make the event even more diabolical, the entire signing ceremony took place live on a Zoom conference call amid rather ghoulish applause, cheers, and smiles.  The vaping community as well as many advocacy groups were understandably outraged. 

Greg Conley of the American Vaping Association tweeted, “A celebratory bill signing ceremony for the California flavor ban, which exempts hookah, premium cigars, and loose tobacco, while banning safer nicotine products. These ghouls do not care whether prohibition will actually work or if it will decrease quitting by adults.”

Fellow vaping advocate Dr. Charles A. Gardner responded to Conley by expressing his disgust for appalling laudatory behavior seen in the video. “The delight on these faces as they sign a bill that will protect cigarette sales and cause untold harm to both teens and adults is beyond words. Perhaps they know not what they do,” he tweeted.

 Occurring simultaneously with Newsom’s ZOOM festivities, the Golden State is currently boasting some of the highest numbers of COVID-related diagnoses and death in the nation.  Los Angeles County alone consistently ranks #1 out of 3,141 counties nationwide for the largest numbers of confirmed cases. 

Also placing Californians’ lives, livelihoods, and personal property at risk are the relentless wildfires breaking out near Big Sur, the Petrified Forest, and the Sonoma Valley. While state and local firefighters are working diligently around the clock to prevent further loss of life, community destruction,  and disastrous damage to ecosystems that could take decades to repair, calls for outside assistance from neighboring states is growing to a crescendo.  

Yet, apparently, this is the perfect time to ban flavored vaping if you are a California lawmaker. 

California vaping ban based on outdated research

SB 793 came into existence thanks to a conspiracy theory manufactured and marketed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In mid-2019, this agency in accordance with certain officials of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted the mainstream media of a potential “vaping related” lung disorder allegedly plaguing young vapers across the country. 

The CDC would eventually name the condition EVALI, and the blame game soon followed.  For nearly nine months, the CDC issued multiple public health warnings recommending that all Americans refrain from using vapor products of any kind. 

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However, in August of 2019 the California bureau chief of the cannabis-based e-magazine Leafly had already determined that black market THC cartridges – not nicotine-based vapes – were the true cause of the EVALI disorder.  Even then, the CDC wavered. It would take the CDC another seven months to acknowledge their “mistake,” but by then, the damage to vaping’s public reputation was already in tatters.

In a February 25, 2020, press release, CDC officials made the following statement.

“Due to continued declines in new EVALI cases since September 2019, and the identification of vitamin E acetate as a primary cause of EVALI, today’s release is the final biweekly CDC update on the number of hospitalized EVALI cases and deaths nationally. CDC will continue to provide assistance to states, as needed, related to EVALI and will provide future updates as needed at: www.cdc.gov/lunginjury.”

This updated and highly pertinent public admission by the CDC was published and easily available for over six months now.  Yet Governor Gavin Newsom and the California congress ignored this valuable scientific data when passing their anti-vaping bill.  In doing so, they have just tempted tens of thousands of former smokers to fall back into the loving arms of Big Tobacco.  And their blood will be on Newsom’s hands. 

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(Images courtesy of Greg Conley/Twitter)

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