As the vaping industry watches the strange series of events engulfing the new Trump Administration, many of its collective hopes and dreams for a quick repeal of the FDA deeming regulations are being dashed. However, a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine is gaining a great deal of traction, especially among select Washington DC insiders.
The cross-sectional study confirms that e-cigarettes are significantly less dangerous than the combustible variety. And this conclusion directly contradicts a December announcement by the U.S. Surgeon General during the waning days of the Obama Administration.
Now that Trump is in office, and the political environment is essentially turned on its head, the Editor of Reason Magazine seems to be growing visibly more frustrated with the constant state of chaos occurring on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. In a February 15 editorial, Editor Jacob Sullen makes the following statement.
“For Donald Trump, who was elected on promises of disruption and deregulation, an obvious target is the FDA's onerous new e-cigarette rules, which threaten to ruin thousands of businesses and stifle life-saving innovation. But Trump's freshly minted Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, needn't wait for revision of those regulations to experiment with a new approach to e-cigarettes. How about telling the truth?”
“The truth,” as Sullen sees it, is clearly posted in the recent Annals of Internal Medicine study. The research was led by a team of scientists from UK’s University College London and involves some 181 participants representing five different groups of vapers, smokers, and never smokers.
An extensive series of biomarker samples of blood and urine were collected over the course of the study to analyze comparative levels of toxins, trace metals, and nicotine. The team led by Lion Shahab clearly determined that switching to e-cigs from conventional cigarettes can reduce the levels of carcinogens and other toxins by as much as 97 percent.
So, what the heck are we waiting for? Let’s overturn the FDA deeming regulations already!
Trump, Price, McConnell and the future of vaping
Sullen also points out that data compiled from this most recent e-cig study is really nothing new. In fact, the related data mimics previous findings from a 2016 study published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research as well as the infamous research published last year by the Royal College of physicians in the UK.
“It's no wonder the public is confused, when the Surgeon General, the Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention portray e-cigarettes as a menace to public health instead of an opportunity to reduce smoking-related disease. All three inaccurately describe e-cigarettes as ‘tobacco products,’ falsely implying that the risks posed by vaping are similar to the risks posed by smoking.”
A large percentage of the American population is growing very concerned that Donald Trump may not be equipped to perform the functions of President of the United States as they had originally hoped. Others are still willing to give him a chance. But Sullen’s view seems to be completely non-reliant on Trump’s ability to govern…now or in the future.
Now that the vaping industry has its new DHH Head, we no longer need to wait for Trump. Furthermore, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to hold the lion’s share of the political power at the moment anyway.
After all, McConnell’s the one who would ultimately decide if the FDA deeming regulations will be called for a vote of repeal on the Senate floor. Trump has nothing to do with it. Perhaps it’s time for the vaping community to start targeting Mitch McConnell rather than Trump to overturn the FDA deeming regulations. Otherwise, we might be waiting for a very long time.